This gallery contains 2 photos. Yes, the ladies of this particular duck species really do like those thick, colourful bills on their boyfriends. Photographed at the Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway on March 3. As close as these Surf Scoters look, they’re still some 20-25 feet away. This pair of drakes is part of a small flock of four that plied the waters on the south side of the Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway today.
maybe they look clownish to us — but the Surf Scoter ladies love that carnie makeup.
f/11, 1/1600, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 1250
Surf Scoters aren’t the easiest birds to get close to (did I mention that?) A Surf Scoter drake makes a big splash with his fly-in (or drop-in) maneuver. He looks so happy to have made a successful touchdown.
this guy makes a splashdown landing on the north side of the T-Town Ferry Jetty.
f/6.3, 1/1600, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 320