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.  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!

 

 

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