Although described as common along both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, this raft of velvety black ducks was new and different to my eyes. The Surf Scoters were here for several days gathering along Cape Ann’s backshore and feeding heartily several hundred yards off the beach. Both in the evening and the following early morning that I found them, they were first to arrive on the scene, soon joined by a paddling of Buffleheads and then several Common Eiders, and all amicably diving together.
Fairly far off shore at least we can catch a comparative glimpse of the difference between the male and female Surf Scoter (the female is far right).
The male Surf Scoter’s well-defined stark white patches against ebony feathers lends this seaduck its common name, “Skunk-headed Coot.” But it is the scoter’s bulbous-at-the-base orange, black and white patterned bill that I find interesting and almost comical. The female is a plainer dull blackish-brownish with light colored patches, one behind each eye and at the base of the bill.
I would love to know if any of our readers have seen Surf Scoters, when and where, if you have a moment to write. Thank you!
While watching them feeding and courting in the surf, several times it appeared as though they were squaring off, as in the top photo, and preparing to promenade in a hoedown!
Red Sox are in 1st place this morning…who knows…the Big Papi’s Farewell Tour might end up in a world series! One could hope 😀
I’m loving the message on this box. Fantastic.
I also love Sperry products….so take a look if you’d like.
7 Seas Whale Watch Privateer IV Captain Paul Frontierro predicts a fantastic season for whale watching and so far his predictions are accurate!
May 1, 2016
It was another incredible weekend of whale watching on Stellwagen Bank. On both Saturday and Sunday we saw dozens of Humpback Whales (and 1 Finback Whale on Saturday) on the northern of the Bank.
Feeding was no doubt the main theme of both trips, as we had near constant surface feeding from just about every whale we saw.
On Sunday afternoon in particular, the feeding was right at the surface and we spent a good amount of time with an amazing group of 6 Humpback Whales who were blowing enormous rings of bubbles at there surface and then rising up through bubble with mouths wide open.
Here are just a few of the many, many photos that we took this weekend. Some of the photos were taken by our good friend and wildlife photographer Oktay Kaya. Thank you as always for sharing your images, Oktay!
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Flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls wheeling in unison around the feeding whales
From FOB Barry O’Brien
Those incorrigible old coots are back again to get you taking fabulous photos this Summer. In just 4 hours on June 4th – from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM, we’ll have you mastering composition, color, light and portraiture, with a visible difference from your starting image to the end of the session.
All you 2014 attendees get first dibs on the 20 open spots. Double the fun and bring a friend!
I have taken this a few times and it is a great way to learn and have fun.
Is this not what I’ve been preaching for 8 years now on this blog?
Thanks Bex for sharing this