Saturday, March 12, 2011

White-winged Scoter/ Camera Critters

White-winged scoter, Hamilton, Ontario

Sometimes I'm in the right place at the right time AND I have my camera.  This was one of those times. I was trying to get some good photos of long-tailed ducks that were swimming from Lake Ontario into Hamilton Harbour when this male white-winged scoter swam close to me.


He was more hungry (I think) than worried about me, who was standing very still like a statue.



And he found something too! YUM!

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26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting and photos. They are cool looking birds.

Kathy said...

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck ... you know the rest. I guess it must be a duck. A variety I've never seen in the waterways around here so I find him most interesting. Nice series of photos.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Serendipity! Great captures! I've not heard of scoters. I've heard of scooters, and I think they're just ducky, but they're not the same thing...right?

Look at this guy's eye! Looks madder than the Mad Hatter!

Boonie S said...

These are great photos. Thanks for sharing.

All the best, Boonie

Birdman said...

I try to stay away from 'critters' myself, but do enjoy the water shots.

texwisgirl said...

What an odd looking fellow... Nice catch!

Lois Evensen said...

Great images. So much fun when they come to you unexpectedly as you are looking for something else.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Great shots, I can't wait to see the migrating ducks around here.

Gary said...

Good find and great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Cheri said...

Lovely shots!

Carolina Mountains

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots!

Lorac said...

Never seen one before! Nice capture. He looks mean!!! LOL

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Perfect timing.Thanks for sharing the moment.

VioletSky said...

Very good. I don't think I've seen one before, though I keep hearing about the various ducks we have here, mostly all I ever see are mallards and long-tails.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shots. What an interesting subject.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Kay L. Davies said...

Very interesting birds. Good shots!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, what a handsome bird!

twobarkingdogs said...

clover and cosmo say hi, and want directions to the ducks please. i think they have devious intentions.

have a great weekend!

Viola said...

Such a lovely bird! And the beautiful eyes! Characteristic beak!
:)

Farmchick said...

This is a handsome bird. One I am not used to seeing.

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad you had your camera! These are super.

MÜGE TEKİL said...

What an interesting duck! Its beak has an unusual form, no? And am I wrong or does it really have blue eyes? Extraordinary!

Thank you for sharing these precious photos and have a delightful Sunday,

Ciao! :)

Lynette Killam said...

Lovely bird shots, and the watery, rippled reflections are great!

Lynette
Imagination Lane

Willard said...

Glad you got to photograph them. An interesting species.

BJ Roan said...

In the right place at the right time! What an interesting subject. Lovely shots!

Janie said...

Lovely captures of the scoter. I'm glad he's finding something to eat in the cold water.

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