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Greater Scaup (Male)

Greater Scaup (Male)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 18:10
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This past weekend Rosie and I were down in Nashville Tennessee walking the trails of Radnor Lake State Park.
I took this shot of what I believe to be a Greater Scaup duck, which was enjoying the mild weather by diving for food in the shallows. I was amazed at how long this diving duck could stay submerged while searching the lake bottom.

This particular duck caught my eye because of it's bright yellow eye and iridescent green head, which actually looked black until the sun hit it at just the right angle.

Greater Scaup
This moderately large diving duck is the only circumpolar Aythya, and one of few circumpolar duck species. Less is known about its biology than other North American AythyaŚ in part because of its relatively isolated breeding grounds but also because of difficulty distinguishing it from its close relative, the Lesser Scaup (A. affinis). In North America, most Greater Scaup nest in coastal tundra of the Arctic and Subarctic, especially western Alaska. Most migrate southeastward across North America to winter on shallow embayments along the northeast Atlantic Coast, particularly in Long Island Sound. Smaller numbers winter farther south along the Atlantic Coast to northern Florida and on the Pacific Coast, mainly from Vancouver, British Columbia, south to San Francisco Bay. The species often occurs in large flocks during molt, migration, and on its wintering grounds. The Great Lakes provide an important rest stop for migrants as they funnel through to the Atlantic.

Info obtained from: The Birds Of North America..online

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Certainly a different species of such than I have seen. Tennessee eh? A place I have only seen a few times, once in very ultra cold weather....in a tent at below freezing with 3 children and my wife....I did not then no have gotten to see much of it as a natural state....Lovely image though end very much the education. Hoping you had a a fine trip...

Hi Ron
Nice shot of the Duck.The thing that caught my eye on this one is the 4 reflections of the bright yellow eye in the water. very cool and nice lighting. Hope all is well with you and Rosie.

Nice shot with reflection Ron, the scaups eye is dramatic.
Good detail, color, DOF, and exposure.
Well done & Happy New Year.

Hi Ron,

A very nice shot of this handsome bird, nice capture. I used to see these commonly here during migration, but they seem to have diminished since the days of my youth.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-06 10:44]

Hi Ron,

You are introducing me to a new duck. He is really beautiful with the dark green head and bright yellow eye. Beautiful colors and details but the scene stealer is the reflection. I love the four yellow eyes shining from the water. I hope you had a great family reunion in Tennessee.


hello Ron

beautiful photography of the Greater Scaup
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful luminosity of the image and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, i love the multiple
reflection of the eye on the water, TFS


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-06 21:30]

Hi Ron,

You have had a fine light and you have made good use of it. The duck is shown ingreat detail as the image is sharp and plumage pattern can be well seen.

Thank you for sharing,

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