Greater and Lesser Scaup

I got a chance to photograph Scaup in flight today… I saw a pair of Lesser Scaup near the shore at the South River Rd DNR Boat Launch… As I sat along the shore I saw many flocks of ducks flying back and forth and was lucky enough to photograph Lesser and Greater Scaup… They can be hard to tell while they are in the water, but in flight the white wing strip of the Greater extends into the primaries and with the Lesser it stops short…. Its a nice field sign…. I also saw plenty of Redhead, Hooded Mergansers, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers and Canvasback…

Greater Scaup - notice how the white wing strip extends into the primaries

Greater Scaup – notice how the white wing strip extends into the primaries

Lesser Scaup - the white wing strip stops short of the primaries

Lesser Scaup – the white wing strip stops short of the primaries

Redhead in flight

Redhead in flight

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