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Surf Scoter

Surf Scoter
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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 73] (392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-30 20:11
Viewed: 975
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sea ducks frequent the Pacific coast, coastal estuaries and inland marine waters from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the southern end of Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Most feed on marine vegetation, invertebrates and small fish.

Scoters are Washington’s most common sea ducks, and the surf scoter is the most abundant of our three scoter species. Scoters are large, mostly black or dark gray sea ducks. The male Surf Scoter has a solid black body and black head with white patches at the back of the head and on the forehead above the eyes. This distinctive pattern has earned this bird the nickname 'skunk-head coot.' The bill of the adult male is large, swollen at the base, and yellow-orange with a white and yellow splotch on each side and a black spot on the splotch. The female is mostly dark gray. Her bill is shaped like that of the male, although slightly smaller and mostly gray in color. The female has white patches at the base of her bill and white smudging at her ears and back of her head. Both sexes have white eyes. Juveniles are similar to females but have black eyes.
Surf Scoters nest on freshwater lakes and wetlands in the Arctic, in sparsely forested and semi-open regions. They winter in open coastal environments, favoring shallow bays and estuaries with rocky substrates.
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Ciao Muhamad, great macro of lovely duck, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-31 2:47]

Hi Muhammad,interesting duck specie taken in a nice perspective from the top,perfect to watch its curious design close to the head.Good sharpness and bright colors,just the white is a bit overexposed.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Thanks for your kind critique on my recent picture, Shaukat sahib.
I have a feeling I wrote a critique on your latest picture beginning with the same words after receiving your critique on an earlier picture. I wonder where it has disappeared.
All the same, this is a fabulous capture of a water bird I've seen for the first time.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Muhammad

Beautiful photo of this sea duck with fine POV and the lateral light coming
on its expressive head and its chest, the waves adding dynamism to the photo, TFS


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