Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Surf Scoter in Canon City

Yesterday I photographed this Surf Scoter that was found the day before on a small private reservoir called Valco Ponds along with good numbers of common waterfowl and several Grebes. I got this shot without trespassing on this private property by standing on the large cement blocks by the vehicle gate to get a clear view of the bird as it swam past about a hundred feet away.

 I have limited experience with scoters, and they are usually far out on a large body of water, but I believe this is an immature as it has a dark brown iris (Birds of North America online states, "Pale blue gray or yellow white in adult male; usually pale brown (also pale gray or yellow) in female; dark brown in immature.") SeEtta