White-winged scoter eating a crab

Posted by RLK on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:03 pm

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Yesterday I went to my favorite place to photograph scoters. They have been coming in to feed here at high tide for the last several years. I sat on the beach behind a drift log and waited for them to work their way toward me. There were many white-winged (my favorites) and surf scoters as well as an occasional harlequin, a few goldeneyes and some scaup. No black scoters this time unfortunately. The scoters fed on these small crabs and some small clams which they swallowed whole, shells and all.
This scoter had tossed the crab into the air and caught in this image.

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Canon 7D2, 600mm f4L IS II, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/2000 sec, manual exposure, tripod
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by Ron Day on Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:22 pm
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Great timing to catch the toss of the crab, Bob. 

by Karl Egressy on Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:09 am
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Excellent action shot, Bob.

by Mike Wooding on Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:32 pm
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Great image of this scoter and his catch. It's amazing that they can consume clams and crabs shell and all. Too bad about the blacks...I'm still trying to get a decent image of a Black Scoter. Very nicely done, Bob.
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by Nate Chappell on Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:19 pm
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Sweet action Bob!
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