Image: Joseph Kennedy, 12 December 2005 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/160s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso400.
Rick Wright, Managing Director of WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, writes:
This is a fine image of the bill color and pattern of Lesser Scaup: note how the jet black of the bill tip is strictly limited to the nail, with no “bleed” to the sides. The vermiculation of the back is coarse, and vermiculations are readily discernible on the white sides. Head-on, the distribution of muscle on the head reminds me of Redhead: fairly narrow at the top of the head, big puffy cheeks, then a rapid curve into the neck.
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