Today, I have decided to feature photos of the Lesser Scaup (en français: Petit fuligule / scientific name: Aythya affinis), if only because it should soon become one of the more abundant ducks in the region, until about April when they return up north to breed. They can be found here on both fresh water ponds like Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park and on the ocean. One of the main challenges with this species is that it is easily confused with the very similar Greater Scaup, but it is far more scarce in this part of the world – perhaps I can try to sort things out for you in a future post!
In the mean time, here is a photo of a male taken on Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s Stanley Park:
And to end this blog, here is the understated, but nonetheless lovely, female Lesser Scaup (also taken at Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon):