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Old Dec 16, 2005, 1:44 PM   #1
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My seeing these guys is a harbringer of a rough Winter. Normally they spend the Winter in Brooklyn, BUT outside the barrier islands. This small raft of Scaups, maybe fifty of them, were INSIDE the barrier islands, which means thay want some shelter from the wind. It was about 15 degree's when I took these pictures.

Are they Greater Scaups or Lesser Scaups? beats me.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SCAUPS2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SCAUPS3.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SCAUPS4.JPG[/img]

Close crop of the preceding picture. Do they have strange eyes of what?

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SCAUPS4A.JPG[/img]

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Old Dec 16, 2005, 2:00 PM   #2
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That water looks cold already - but thoses eyes...
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 2:04 PM   #3
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Two years ago, a cold Winter, there were thousands of these Scaups, in rafts, all over the protected bays of New York. Last Winter, quite mild, I saw only a few.

To see a raft this early doesn't look good...:lol:

(And I love that expression "Raft of Ducks," which is so appropriate when you see three or four hundred packed seemingly as a "raft.")
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 7:58 PM   #4
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I'd say Greater due to the rounder head, the Lesser Scaup has more of a flat top look..... http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/birding/duos1.htm

Neat birds...

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Old Dec 17, 2005, 12:28 PM   #5
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I'd say Greater due to the rounder head, the Lesser Scaup has more of a flat top look..... http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/birding/duos1.htm

Neat birds...

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I do believe you are correct. Two years ago when there were literally thousands of these guys in lower New York Bay, we had both types and I went bonkers trying to i.d. which was which. Now I just say "Scaups.":G

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