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Greater Scaup (Female)

Greater Scaup (Female)
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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/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 17:01
Viewed: 3160
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I posted a photo of a male Greater Scaup yesterday, so today I decided to show what the female looks like. I had the pleasure of viewing these diving ducks while at Radnor State Park near Nashville Tennessee.

The Greater Scaup and the Lesser Scaup are very hard to tell apart, but one difference is that the male Greater Scaup has a greenish tint to it's head while the Lesser Scaup has a purplish tint. At a distance both males appear to have a blackish head, but when the sun hits them at just the right angle their true colors are apparent.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-06 18:55]
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Hi Ron,

It's nice to see the female after having seen the male. She isn't blessed with the green head and yellow eye but still is quite attractive. An excellent shot with wonderful details of her face and plumage. The water looks delicious - love the color, the circles and the reflection.


Hi Ron,

Nice POV, the details are simply so awesome. It's so awesome to see the water drops on her body. Fabulous focus it is. You got the framing very well too.

Thank you for sharing it,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-06 22:38]

Hi Ron
Well done, this is an excellent capture. I like it very much.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Ron,

Another really nice shot, I like this one better, you were closer, so better detail. A very handsome bird, not showy, but still an attractive species.


What would the male be without the female..and so it is written....ducks are quite monogamous you know...Very good, clear crisp shot Ron!

Hello Ron,
Great shot, excellent sharpness and depth of field, superb details in the plumage,the water droplets are wonderful, excellent compo and pov, lovely catchlight and reflections.

Hello Ron

It is a beautiful duck this Greater Scaup,
photo shot with fine POV & DOF, beautiful light
and blue water with the ripples, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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