Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pic of the Day

Greater Scaup, Aythya marila: 
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge; near Titusville, Florida

     I found this Greater Scaup while traveling the back roads in Merritt Island NWR.  The scaup was illuminated with late afternoon light that caused the iridescent feathers in its head to shine.  There is also a Lesser Scaup.  Lesser scaup are smaller and have a peaked crown.  Separating the two different scaup species in the field is not always easy.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400 sec. @ f8, shoot from van window using kirk window mount

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