March 19, 2014

Water of a ducks back, or front for that matter.

his is a female greater scaup that we saw at Bronte Harbour, Ont.
I like the way the bow wave she is generating flows off the sides leaving her dry.

Aythya marila
The nest of a Greater Scaup is usually lined with a thick layer of down plucked by the mother from her own breast. Nests of poor-condition females may lack down and instead may contain small, grayish-white feathers plucked from beneath the outer body feathers.

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