Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Many Species Can You Name? - WateryWednesday

How many species can you name in this picture and what are they?

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12 comments:

Lorac said...

Wonderful bird and water shots!

Ali Iyoob said...

Greater and Lesser Scaup, Barrow's Goldeneye, Bufflehead.

J Bar said...

Good one.
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eileeninmd said...

I'm still learning to id the ducks. Great shot.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I'm so bad with ducks! I have issues with duck identification! But I like the picture :)

2sweetnsaxy said...

I know that I'm not the one to try to identify any of them. :-) I like the shot. Pretty ducks too.

Ebie said...

What a beauty! I can say, they can "quack"!

Helena said...

Great shot! I thought I saw some buffleheads in there, but they're the only ones I can identify besides mallards. :)

Rob Ripma said...

Answer:

There are 3 species of duck in this picture. They are Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, and Bufflehead.

Ali Iyoob said...

Are you sure the scaup on the right isn't a Lesser? The head shape looks really close

Eric Ripma said...

@Ali: I am guessing you are talking about the 6th bird in from the right. To me the head shape looks better for Greater, Lesser usually shows a peak near the back of the crown. Another thing to notice is the size (including bill size) in comparison to the other scaup, they are all the same size. One of the easiest ways to identify scaup in my opinion is head on, the Greater shows a much thicker head than the Lesser. We can see this on the leftmost bird.

Scaup are definitely one of the harder birds to identify, especially when they are not in flight.

Ali Iyoob said...

OK, that makes sense. Thanks!