All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Lesser Scaup</strong> - male
<em>Aythya affinis</em>
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

At last, I was able to see these pretty ducks up close! The last time I had seen them they were bobbing off in the distance on one of our local lakes. I liked ...
Lesser Scaup - male
Aythya affinis
Boerne, TX
March 28, 2009

At last, I was able to see these pretty ducks up close! The last time I had seen them they were bobbing off in the distance on one of our local lakes. I liked the purple sheen reflecting off the head feathers. This fellow is in his breeding plumage, so he is a bit more brightly colored than at other times of the year. I like to tease my students that the male birds "wear the make-up" to impress the females! :)

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