Saturday, February 22, 2014

Female White-winged scoter

 Female happy with her zebra mussels

Last Tuesday I showed you photos of a male white-winged scoter that I saw swimming in the canal between Hamilton and Burlington. On Wednesday I spotted this femal in Whitby Harbour. They look quite different from each other, don't they?

Washing zebra mussels

I'm not sure why she kept dipping the mussels in water. Perhaps she was washing off some sand that came up with the mussels

I am linking with Saturday Critters HERE.
and
I am linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'  HERE.

33 comments:

William Kendall said...

What a beauty she is. Terrific captures!

Carole M. said...

great catpure; good timing

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my...what a fantastic capture with the two images!! How exciting to see something like this, thanks to you!

Debbie said...

perfect timing and a wonderful meal!!

nice close up with lot's of detail!!

Sandra said...

i am wondering how they get the mussel out of the shell. i love the white speckled parts on her head/neck.

TexWisGirl said...

how very cool with her catch!

Jeanne said...

Excellent shots and love seeing this bird with her dinner.

carol l mckenna said...

What a great capture of this duck with 'dinner' ~ thanks, Happy Weekend ^_^

artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

Jette Hollesen said...

Great photo of nice bird. I is so fresh to look at!
Warm Greetings
JetteMajken

Snap said...

She is wonderful and she has a gourmet appetite! ;) Happy Critter Day!

Small City Scenes said...

Cool capture. Yes she is much different looking as the females in the birds species usually are. MB



BTW: On my fay4plus blog could you ID the Hawk for me? Please MB

Gail Dixon said...

That is a gorgeous shot. And so neat that she washes her food first!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Now how does she get the mussel out from the shell?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great closeups! She really does look different than the male.

Karen S. said...

A very tasty breakfast!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful views of the cool bird.

Lowell said...

I've never seen a scooter, or any bird for that matter, washing off their dinner! That is really cool!

RedPat said...

She has a good dinner there for herself!

cieldequimper said...

Bon appétit ! :-)

SquirrelQueen said...

What a great capture, she is a beauty. I've never seen one washing it's food before.

eileeninmd said...

Great closeups of the Scoter! It is a neat sea ducks! Thank you for linking up to my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Stephanie said...

This is awesome capturing the bird with the mussels in its beak. Wonderful!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I didn't realize any ducks ate the zebra mussels. They would be beneficial on the beach near us that is loaded with them.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Yes, the female and the male don't look like they are related!

Randy said...

She must have been picking up dinner on the way home.

Indrani said...

That is a good observation.
Great captures.

Halcyon said...

Yum yum!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I always think its so unfair that the males are so much more colourful EG :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good girl, eating those mussels...
They are all along the shorelines in nearby lakes. Terrible to walk on.

Rose said...

I would never have guess that she was the female version! Wish they would catch ALL the zebra mussels.

Taken For Granted said...

Surprised to learn ducks eat zebra mussels. Didn't know they ate meat in any form. Zebra mussels are an ecological disaster as they move into lakes and streams in the U. S. Midwest. Glad the ducks eat them.

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous captured! Wonderful photos!

edenhills said...

My geese and ducks like to play in the water with their food too. She's very pretty.

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