Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lesser Scaup

 Female Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Lesser Scaups are medium-sized diving ducks. This one had just come up from a dive in the harbour at Bond Head (Newcastle) where it had been foraging for clams, snails and aquatic seeds and plants.

Stretching and shaking her wings

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

45 comments:

♥♥AGATA♥♥ AGATUSZKA♥♥ said...

Cool and sweet))

Greeting.Nice Day.

Revrunner said...

Nothing lesser about it. :-)

Jacquelineand.... said...

For a 'lesser' she's definitely a major beauty! =)

llandudnopictures said...

Putting on a real performance for the camera there!

see you there! said...

Great shot of those extended wings.

Darla

Leora said...

Oh, these are fun! Daughter and I saw some ducks on Sunday. I got one shot of a duck in the river splashing.

William Kendall said...

She looks quite distinctive!

Stephanie said...

Interesting bird.

Mary Hone said...

I like the second shot when he is all ruffed up.

Birdman said...

That's a strange looking bird! Never seen one. Looks fat too.

TexWisGirl said...

so pretty!

Linda W. said...

Nice action shots!

Sandra said...

the first photo she is clapping her wings at your skill with the camera.. she is a beauty and so are the reflections.

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

Neat bird. Now I am wondering how they eat a clam.

Carletta said...

Cute bird. Love that first shot!

Chris Rohrer said...

A really nice bird. Every winter I enjoy their visits around our watering holes. Although I have to be careful as they will sometimes blend in with those Ring-necked Ducks. Great photos!

Ginny said...

I LOVE the wings!! This is a plump bird.

DeniseinVA said...

I haven't seen one of these before. Great shots EG!

Sylvia K said...

Handsome fellow he is indeed!! His "food" diving does seem to have been successful!! Great shots as always!! Hope your week is going well!!

Hilary said...

Great catch.. and fine action shots.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shots of this bird that I have never seen.

Carver said...

Great captures. I don't think I've seen this bird either.

Shammickite said...

She says "Whaddya mean, lesser? I'm GREAT!"

Frank said...

Super shots of a species that I don't see very often.

mick said...

Great photos of the Scaup. The first photo almost looks as if the bird is walking on water!

theflutteringleaf said...

Great shots, ducks are so cute.

Kay said...

Beautiful shots; even the reflections are pretty.
I know they've got insulation and are built for the work, but diving for food seems like a hard way to make a living.

RedPat said...

Super shots, EG!

cieldequimper said...

I wonder where these lovely fellows got their name from!

Adam Jones said...

A lovely looking Scaup. I've yet to see one this year.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the Lesser Scaup! Have a happy week!

Debbie said...

all fluffed up, nothing lesser about that!!!!

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

Sort of happy I don't have to dive for dinner in this weather!

Randy said...

I like that first shot.

Chandra said...

Hi Tina,
Beautiful bird and lovely capture!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Peace :)

Cloudia said...

Such a triumphal posture!




ALOHA from Honolulu
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<3

Country Wife said...

very nice

Jeevan said...

Wonder how they balance to stood in water! Excellent captures

Indrani said...

Great action shots!

Halcyon said...

It's pretty amazing how they do that!

Marie said...

Great shots!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest EG;  Pretty shots of Lesser Scaups stretching wings and I LOVE the reflections, too♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful captures.

Susan (ABON) said...

Lovely shots, what beauties!

NatureFootstep said...

joyful to watch :)

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