When it's pouring, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is getting out of the car. Well, maybe I'm just lazy and didn't bring a rain jacket. Either way, I drove to the north end of Patricia Bay to scan through the ducks today and found the whole exercise to be rather enjoyable. I will probably have to return when the light is better and I can stand on the shoreline for better photos, but it was certainly a satisfying challenge today from the car.
|Greater Scaup were often close to shore, which allowed me to study their head shape. I always take the opportunity to study their head shape, which, compared to Lesser Scaup, is more rounded and has the high point towards the front of the head.|
|One last shot of a male Greater Scaup, which again emphasizes the head shape and clean white flanks. The grey appearance to the back is the result of fine barring; Lessers should have coarser barring.|
|Surf Scoters are always a treat to see up close, so this group consisting of two pairs was a nice sight.|
|A pair of White-winged Scoters momentarily made it in relatively close to the shore. There is certainly a je ne sais quoi about scoters!|
|This appears to be a first-winter male White-winged Scoter to the best of my knowledge. I believe an adult would show a more prominent bump on the bill and a more extensive white mark under the eye.|
That's all I have to offer for now. I hope the next time it rains, this has inspired you to take a drive and never your leave your vehicle. Choose a good body of water you can drive right up to for best results!