Black* Scoter in North Vancouver

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I will interrupt the review of the bird photos I have taken since October 2014 to show you a picture of a beautiful male Surf Scoter in breeding plumage (en français: Macreuse à front blanc / scientific name: Melanitta perspicillata).

This photo was taken a few days ago, next to Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver, BC, Canada with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 1600, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/400). This dashing duck was not baited, called in or set up.

[*UPDATE: Please ignore the title… this is indeed a Surf Scoter and not a Black Scoter! I was excited this one got so close to me and stuck around for so long, but a BASC would have been even more terrific and a lifer too! To see what a real Black Scoter looks like, click here to see the appropriate page on All About Birds.]

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