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White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter
Photo Information
Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-26 20:38
Viewed: 6669
Points: 6
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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.

Usually silent. Wings make quiet whistling noise in flight. Male has bell-like note in courtship. Female makes thin whistling note.

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

Cool Facts

Although the White-winged Scoter winters primarily along the coasts, small numbers winter on the eastern Great Lakes. Populations on the Great Lakes may have declined during the 1970s, but appear to be increasing in response to the invasion of the zebra mussel, a new and abundant food source.

The White-winged Scoter often nests in association with gull breeding colonies. Although the gulls would happily eat the eggs and chicks of the scoter, the dense vegetation where the scoter nests keeps them safe.

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.

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  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-26 22:44]

Hello Peter
Excellent capture with perfect focus and natural colors, good light too.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-27 11:31]

Hello Peter,
Great photo of this special bird, not seen many times on TN. Excellent sharpness and beautiful details in the black colours. Very good composition, DOF and POV. Beautiful colours in the water.

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