Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata; Bolsa Chica Wetlands; Hunting Beach, California
While Attending the North American Nature Photography meeting in San Diego this week a friend and I headed out to Bolsa Chica Wetlands to do a little photography. While the light was not a as I would have preferred, the birds were incredible. The last Surf Scoter I saw was in Haines, Alaska way back in 1981. I was so excited to see this and other Surf Scoters at Bolsa Chica.
Surf Scoters are just beautiful. I find black-and-white birds gorgeous anyway, but add a touch of color, and these beauties really shine! On top of, just a looking good, the scoters were busy feeding on muscles, providing a great photo opp.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1600second @ f7.1