January 15, 2017

Lesser Scaup

A female lesser scaup doing a wing flap/stretch/water shake.

Aythya affinis
Lesser Scaup chicks are capable of diving under water on their hatching day, but they are too buoyant to stay under for more than just a moment. By the time they are 5 to 7 weeks old they are able to dive for 2-25 seconds and swim underwater for 15-18 meters (50-60 ft).

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