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Lesser Scaup Ducks

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Lesser Scaup Ducks have been here in a small flock for the last few weeks.  They are migratory Winter visitors to our lakes and ponds.  These cute medium-sized diving ducks are beautiful with the drakes being basic tuxedo black, and white and a touch of barred grey.  The hens are a lovely dark and light brown.  Both have broad blue bills.

The Lesser Scaups like the conditions in fresh water better than that of salt water, which is a major difference between them and the Greater Scaups.  I took these pictures on December 17, 1015 and again on December 18, 2015.   This post and the one I will write for Wednesday, will be about ducks.  No post on Christmas but I will catch up on Saturday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Lesser Scaup Ducks" (6)

  1. They are very handsome! I especially like the picture of the four together.

    • Hi Montucky, Many thanks! I was able to get pretty close due to the fact that the Mallard hybrids (probably park ducks used to people) stayed calm. The ducks were pretty close to the shoreline. Have a super nice day today!

  2. how beautiful. the male looks a bit like the ringneck.

    • Hi Tex, Yes, the Ring-necked Ducks and the Scaups do look very similar. A main difference is in the bill and the slight bump on top of the Ring-necked Ducks’ head. So slight. Another slight difference between the two ducks is that the Ring-necked Ducks have a plain white back while the Scaups have light barring. Have a tremendous day!

  3. Hello, pretty captures of your ducks. The Scaup is handsome duck. We are seeing the winter ducks moving in too. Great post and photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your week ahead.

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