Male redhead (Aythya americana)
Friday was a blustery cold day (see yesterday's post) and several varieties of ducks swam and fished together on the lee side of the pier at Bond Head on Lake Ontario. I was excited because this was the first time I had gotten this close to redhead.
Male greater scaup (Athya marila)and female longtail
In the same group were common scaups and longtails. I was amazed to see how well the ducks seemed to get along together.
Female greater scaup and (plop!) a common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Here you can see that a goldeneye dived in just as I pushed down on the shutter button.
Male common goldeneye
White-winged scoter (Melanitta fusca)
But the most exciting duck to come along was this male white-winged scoter (also known as the velvet scoter). They are not very common here. He's not likely to win a contest for good looks, is he?
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE