Image: Joseph Kennedy, 22 December 2007 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/350s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.
Rick Wright, Managing Director of WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, writes:
Another scaup to light my way to the fall! This bird’s full nape continues without a break or notch to the high point of the crown, which is above or perhaps even slightly ahead of the eye; the forehead shows a subtle curve into a large, boat-shaped bill. Black covers the entire tip of the bill, reaching from the nail all the way out to the edge. Note, too, that the vermiculations visible on some of the back feathers are decidedly fine; compare that pattern to the rather coarse banding on the feathers of the back of our recent Lesser Scaup.
This is a Greater Scaup. But I don’t know whether it’s a male or a female: ideas?
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