Surf Scoter

1/2000s at f8.0, ISO:800 Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm x 1.4 converter

The Surf Scoter is a large sea duck, which breeds in Canada and Alaska. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern United States. The lined nest is built on the ground close to the sea, lakes or rivers, in woodland or tundra. 5 to 9 eggs are laid. Occasional (and likely accidental) brood mixing between different females occurs in areas with high densities of nests. Growth is relatively rapid and the incubation period is about 28 to 30 days. The offspring will fledge independently at about 55 days. Adult scoters of this species dive for crustaceans and molluscs, while the ducklings live off any variety of freshwater invertebrates.
Bolsa Chica Wetland/Upper Newport Bay California