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Lesser or Greater?

 
popeshawnpaul
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Jan 19, 2011 11:18 |  #1

I've been waffling back and forth on this female scaup. It's in a predominantly lesser area although greaters are around. However, it just looks like a greater with the larger head, bill, and non-pointed head feathers. Any thoughts on ID?

I love this pond I shoot these on. The water is colorful and a light chocolate color in images. I'm thinking about a polarizer to accentuate the water color. Does anyone use polarizers with ducks?


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Jan 19, 2011 14:27 |  #2

Female Scaup are always a challenge - heck even the males are a challenge sometimes. If not under the gun for an ID, I'd let it go at Scaup sp.
But gun to my head, make an ID with no other info than the image - I would go with Greater. It has the nice rounded head shape of a Greater (as you know, not always reliable though) and seems a little paler brown than I would expect of the female Lessers.

BTW - just visited your site - really nice work there too!


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