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PIC OF THE WEEK: 03/31/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Lesser Scaup

(Aythya affinis)

Where: Lakeland, FL• Lake Mirror Promenade

Notes: Notes: Scalp, is the Scottish word for mollusks such as clams, oysters, and mussels and is most likely the source of this water fowl's name. They forage mainly by diving down to the bottom of a pond and sifting through the mud, but they occasionally dabble along the surface as well. As spring finally emerges these winter migrants will begin their trip back home for the breeding season in Alaska and northwestern Canada. Many such species of duck travel hundreds of miles each year as the lakes and ponds in the north begin to freeze with ice. This annual event brings a new diversity of birds to the south each winter. This image was taken on one of the few rainy days we had on our last visit to Florida. We decided to follow a lead to this city lake because we knew we could always make a quick dash back to the vehicle, if it started raining. The sprinkles held off at first, so we sat along the shoreline watching these beautiful duck submerge and resurface not far off the edge. The females seemed more willing to come nearer to us, but finally this drake joined the action as well. With a short hopping motion, he turned downward and disappeared into the depths. Moments later he piped up right in from of us with a small clam and quickly swallowed it hole.

Small Bird Photo 1
female

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1250 second • Aperture = f-5 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 800 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 12-29-13

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