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Old Mar 13, 2008, 11:37 AM   #11
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great shots!!!
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Old Mar 13, 2008, 1:43 PM   #12
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Very nice. Looks like a great find!
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Old Mar 15, 2008, 8:20 PM   #13
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Old Mar 15, 2008, 8:20 PM   #14
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Old Mar 15, 2008, 9:04 PM   #15
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Extremely pretty bird and you did a great job capturing it's prettiness!
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 8:20 AM   #16
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Extremely pretty bird and you did a great job capturing it's prettiness!
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Beautiful bird - they should be arriving in Alberta soon! Thanks for posting.

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Old Mar 22, 2008, 11:59 AM   #18
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I have been waiting to see if anyone else would raise the question, but no one has. FWIW, the two species of Scaup can be difficult to separate (even experienced observers can sometimes disagree), requiring brighter light to reveal the irridescent colors on the head. Even so, they are not always reliable, sometimes showing the opposite color, depending on the direction of the light. Head shape is a better indication - the Lesser Scaup has more of a crest, giving the head a taller outline when raised, and showing a point on the rear when lowered. The Greater Scaup has a more rounded crown, whether or not raised, so I would not be surprised if this one were a Greater Scaup. That bird is more commonly found in some parts of the country than in others -- Flutelady,where are you located? Thismay bea nice capture ofthe less common bird.
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I have been waiting to see if anyone else would raise the question, but no one has. FWIW, the two species of Scaup can be difficult to separate (even experienced observers can sometimes disagree), requiring brighter light to reveal the irridescent colors on the head. Even so, they are not always reliable, sometimes showing the opposite color, depending on the direction of the light. Head shape is a better indication - the Lesser Scaup has more of a crest, giving the head a taller outline when raised, and showing a point on the rear when lowered. The Greater Scaup has a more rounded crown, whether or not raised, so I would not be surprised if this one were a Greater Scaup. That bird is more commonly found in some parts of the country than in others -- Flutelady,where are you located? Thismay bea nice capture ofthe less common bird.
Penolta, Thank you so much for the Scaup information and comments, very much appreciated.
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