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Old Feb 13, 2006, 3:04 PM   #1
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Once again Chato came through for me, and his running up and down the beach attracted the Scaups to within fifty feet!

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 3:23 PM   #2
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How do you differentiate between greater & lesser? They look same to me.
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Old Feb 13, 2006, 4:15 PM   #3
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How do you differentiate between greater & lesser? They look same to me.
By taste! :evil:

Well, maybe not. The heads are shaped a bit different. But the Lesser is a few inches shorter then the Greater, so you run out, waving a twenty dollar bill, and then measure the Ducks...:G

We have both forms in Brooklyn during the Winter, but this year I've been shooting almost all Greater Scaups.

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 4:56 PM   #4
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Nice shots Dave!!!

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 8:55 PM   #5
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How do you differentiate between greater & lesser? They look same to me.
We have both forms in Brooklyn during the Winter, but this year I've been shooting almost all Greater Scaups.

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What is this one Dave. I'm not very good with the Ducks and this one looks sorta like your Scaups but the bill has more black on the tip.

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Old Feb 13, 2006, 9:21 PM   #6
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Nice shots guys! Love the close ups Dave. Houston, the differences are slight... take a look at Bobbyz's shot of the Lesser http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=11
The head shape is slightly different with the greater having a rounder head profile. In Winter the Lesser prefers small fresh water ponds while the greater more open salt waters.
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 8:37 AM   #7
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What is this one Dave. I'm not very good with the Ducks and this one looks sorta like your Scaups but the bill has more black on the tip.

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That one looks like a Ring Necked Duck. In fact it IS a Ring Necked Duck. Or it might be my fall back position of being an Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

The white tracery around the bill with the white and black bands at the end...

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Old Feb 14, 2006, 11:19 AM   #8
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Nice shots Dave, as always. That weather you got up there should be bringing in the Snow Geese by the thousands. Look forward to more. Woody
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Nice post, Dave.
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 3:18 PM   #10
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Nice shots Dave, as always. That weather you got up there should be bringing in the Snow Geese by the thousands. Look forward to more. Woody
So far the only Snow Geese I've seen this year turned out to be escaped White Domestic Gesse, which I literally "imagined" into being Snow Geese.

The Atlantic Snow Goose is actually a different species, or at least sub species. They are far less common then the West Coast birds - Also larger. I have my fingers crossed...

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