Lesser Scaup

The last of the beautiful winter ducks have departed the Chesapeake Bay region, leaving a few stragglers here and there for whatever reasons.

The most of any one winter duck visiting in our local area were Lesser Scaup.Β  I got so many wonderful captures of them, it was hard cutting down my final ones to these.

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Lesser Scaup males vying for a female’s attention

 

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Female Lesser Scaup and her entourage

 

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Lesser Scaup (female)

 

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Lesser Scaup (male)

 

The United States harbors Lesser Scaup year-round in parts of Washington and Oregon, but the rest of the country’s winter visiting Lesser Scaup migrate back to breed in Montana, Wyoming, and Canada.

 

Lesser Scaup in flight

 

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Lesser Scaup landing

 

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Lesser Scaup landing

 

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Lesser Scaup landing

 

Lesser Scaup taking off at sunset

 

Female Lesser Scaup landing with reflections

 

Female Lesser Scaup landing with reflections

 

Male Lesser Scaup landing

 

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Lesser Scaup (male) coming in for a landing

 

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Lesser Scaup (male) landing

 

Lesser Scaup are the most abundant diving duck in North America, with a breeding population estimated at 3.8 million.

 

Male Lesser Scaup “popping back up” from a dive for food

 

Way too many photos, sorry!

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“Yes, Donna, too many photos!”

 

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Lesser Scaup (male)

 

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Lesser Scaup (male)

 

How nice to know they will be back late Fall the end of this year!

 

 

48 thoughts on “Lesser Scaup

  1. Too many photos? Not at all, Donna! These little ducks are so beautiful. The female must be a great catch considering her entourage. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜ŽπŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜

  2. Fantastic photos, Donna. Interesting info about the lesser scaups, too. How nice that you still have a small population to enjoy before they migrate. Really like the landing shots of the scaups here, especially that one with all four in a row preparing to land. Also great photos of the males vying for the females. Thanks so much.

    • Thank you, Jet, and you’re welcome! I had a great time with the Lesser Scaup. With Spring here, the swift change of bird species is happening quickly. It’s another wonderful start of another season of change. πŸ™‚

  3. So many terrific portrait and action shots for me to pick a favorite Donna!! That being said, your flight shots (especially the last few “coming in for a landing”) are especially outstanding! Love the tack sharp, brilliant yellow eye and the contrasting color of the purple head.

    • Thank you, Steve! I had a lot of fun with these little ducks and those gorgeous blue bills & bright yellow eyes. And you know me loving the challenge of flight! πŸ™‚ There are still two males hanging here at the end of our creek, I’m not sure why they haven’t left.

  4. Donna, these are beautiful, and I totally understand the ‘waaay too many photos’, as I have the same problem. How to pick just a handful is impossible when they are all so beautiful and full of action! Great job! As of today we have a remaining pair of ruddy ducks and a couple of horned grebes, but I think our lesser scaups have finally departed. Thanks, as always, for sharing!

    • Thank you, Susan, we have such a hard life when it comes to picking photos, huh?!! πŸ™‚ Ruddy Ducks, cool! I saw one of our grebes few days ago and there are two male Lesser Scaup hanging around us in the creek, they are puzzling me on why they haven’t left yet.

  5. What fun photographing these Lesser Scaups! I like the shot of the one female being trailed by the 3 Drakes, leaving those patterns from the wakes. but can’t forget the close-ups and the reflections as they come into the water.

  6. Great shots Donna! That blue bill is so much like the one on our Blue-billed Duck male, though the duck itself is quite different. The Blue-billed Ducked is very very shy of humans, and keeps a long distance making it very difficult to photograph, but your Lesser Scaup seem to be quite settled to have you nearby.

    • Thank you, Ashley! I’ve been surprised by our Lesser Scaup in the creek, they have grown accustomed somewhat to their surroundings, but are skittish when someone comes walking nearby. My vantage point on my balcony serves me well! πŸ˜‰

  7. Gorgeous photo sad always Donna.i particularly loved the one of the female Lesser Scaup and her entourage – those herringbone ripples behind all the ducks are just gorgeous.

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