|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2014-11-24|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-12-03 14:23|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Petit fuligule, Petit morillon (French)
Pato boludo-menor, Pato del medio (Spanish)
Two scaup species live in North America: the Greater Scaup prefers salt water and is found in America and Eurasia, while the Lesser Scaup prefers freshwater and is found only in North America. The Lesser Scaup is one of the most abundant and widespread of the diving ducks in North America.
Medium-sized diving duck.
Slight bump or peak on back of head.
Bill bluish with small black tip.
Male with black head, chest, and rear end, and gray sides (black on the ends and white in the middle).
Size: 39-46 cm (15-18 in)
Wingspan: 68-78 cm (27-31 in)
Weight: 454-1089 g (16.03-38.44 ounces)
Breeding male bold black-and-white;
female drabber and more brown with white patch at base of bill.
Male makes faint whistled "whe-o" in courtship. Female makes grating "garf, garf."
The Lesser Scaup is a regular, if relatively uncommon, visitor to Hawaii, and is the third most abundant duck in the state. Only the Hawaiian Duck actually breeds there.
An adult Lesser Scaup may pretend to be dead (immobile with head extended, eyes open, and wings held close to body) when grasped by a red fox.
Lesser Scaup chicks are capable of diving under water on their hatching day, but they are too buoyant to stay under for more than just a moment. By the time they are 5 to 7 weeks old they are able to dive for 2-25 seconds and swim underwater for 15-18 meters (50-60 ft).
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- [2014-12-03 22:30]
A perspective not commonly seen. Action and expression of intense preening beautifully captured.
Hello Manyee- I like almost centre placement and the way you have framed it, when this Duck is looking back. Excellent colour and sharpness. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar