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Lesser Scaup Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Just your run-of-the-mill duck photo,  but my favorite I have of Lesser Scaup.  It was taken on a gloomy day on March 26th, 2017 at Dewey Gevik Nature Area near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  It was the end of a long winter...not so much in terms of bad weather (the winter was quite mild that year), but in terms of photography! I'd had very little luck getting good photos all winter long, and I wasn't expecting much when I headed out on this gloomy day.  However, some time at the permanent blind at Dewey Gevik Nature Area can do wonders for your mood...and for filling up your hard drive with waterfowl photos.  The light certainly wasn't good on this day, but I do like the photo of this male Lesser Scaup, just after he came up from a dive, with beads of water still dripping off of his head.  I also like that despite the gloom, the light was enough to give you a bit of that greenish tinge to the otherwise black head.

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis 

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup 1

April 11th, 2010

Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 2

April 8th, 2007

Atkin's Slough, near Tea, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 3

April 11th, 2010

Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 4

April 22nd, 2012

Near Tea, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis 

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup 5

March 26th, 2017

Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 6

March 26th, 2006

Lake Vermillion, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 7

May 1st, 2009

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 8

April 1st, 2012

Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

 

 

Lesser Scaup 9

April 22nd, 2012

Near Tea, South Dakota

Lesser Scaup 10

April 22nd, 2012

Near Tea, South Dakota

 

 

Click here for the species description page for the Lesser Scaup


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