Lesser Scaup on Cambridge Creek

Another small group of ducks spending their daily life near me on Cambridge Creek are Lesser Scaup.

For a few weeks, it was just a single male Lesser Scaup swimming & diving, checking out the creek, marinas, and other inhabitants.

Here he is with his beautiful blue bill marked with a skinny black tip on the end.

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Lesser Scaup (male)


Last week, he was joined by six more Lesser Scaup, two females and four males.

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Lesser Scaup


As of today, all seven are still here.  Photo ops have been awesome.



The best part is they love diving and feeding right off the boat pier below my balcony.  Lucky me!

This three-photo series is of three Lesser Scaup diving.  In the first photo bottom left, you can see the first duck already submerged.  Then just as quickly number two and three were gone.  They are quick!

Lesser Scaup diving


Some more of my favorite shots to date….


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Lesser Scaup (female)


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Lesser Scaup (male & female)


It has been a delightful treat getting to watch all the winter visitors up close and personal while they live here temporarily on populated Cambridge Creek.



34 thoughts on “Lesser Scaup on Cambridge Creek

  1. You are getting some seriously great shots, but my favorite has to be the first one with the beautiful streaks of color on the water ripples.

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos – what a great view of that blue bill! Someone spotted Lesser Scaups near us a year or two ago, but I never managed to see them.

  3. I like those details on the male’s bill and nice to see the pair together. Another favourite arrival in the spring, so a treat to see now. I would have trouble telling the Greater and Lesser apart, apparently some have green highlights and the others have purple, as well as different shaped heads but I am still not sure that I could tell the difference.

    • Thank you, Jane! I was going to touch on the differences between the Lessers and Greaters. Soon as I get some Greaters’ shots, I try to do a comparison. You’re very close! The Greaters have the green highlights and a rounded, larger head. The Lessers have some green but mostly purple highlights and the back of their head is peaked or crowned and a bit smaller overall. 🙂

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