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White-winged Scoter - Juvenile

White-winged Scoter - Juvenile
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos, Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-01 18:54
Viewed: 3776
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-winged Scoter - Juvenile during takeoff.
Done in Mississauga - Lake Ontario

A large black duck of coastal waters, the White-winged Scoter breeds farther inland than the other two scoter species and is the one most likely to appear inland on lakes and rivers during migration.

Large, stocky diving duck.
White patch in wings.
Male with white comma-shaped patch around eyes.
Female with whitish patches on face.

Size: 48-58 cm (19-23 in)
Wingspan: 80 cm (31 in)
Weight: 950-1800 g (33.54-63.54 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male solid black with white mark around eyes, female more brownish with two variable whitish patches on face.

Other Names
Macreuse ailes blanches (French)
Negretta aliblanca (Spanish)
Velvet Scoter (British) (English)

Cool Facts

The White-winged Scoters found in North America and eastern Asia differ from those found in Europe in the structure of the bill and trachea of the male. The European "Velvet Scoter" male has only a slight swelling on the top of the bill, and the bill is yellow, not orange. The two forms sometimes are regarded as distinct species.
(from "All About birds")

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Hi Mario,
this is a cool running take off photo with just the right amount of wing blur to show action and movement along with those water drops and splashes.It looks like you may of spooked this bird as I have done that more times than I care to count.An excellent shot and thank you for sharing it with us. Bob

hello Mario

what a GREAT shot, everything is excellent, the luminosity,
the foot movement that is frozed and with the blur
of the wings it give the motion effect, and if we look
at the feets movement we can also feel the movement,
just one thing Mario, i would zoom less to give more space
in front of the duck, TFS alot and alot


Hi Mario,
Excellent shot! Perfect exposure, composition, very fine detail and nicely framed. Eye contact also great. TFS.
Kind regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-02 7:24]

Hello Mario
Nice aqction shot.Well composed image with excellent details.I like the pose of your subject.I also like the way that the water drop are frosen in the air.good text to.
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-02 7:42]

Hi Mario.
Is he running or flying? Well any way You have a very good photo of this Duck. Never seen bafore. Great image well framend and focus, I also like the sharpness and BG.
The note- Very interesting.

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