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While the first pic is lacking the peak on the back of the head, I'm leaning lesser.  The bill looks thin, and there are no cheeks.  The eye position and relative size also have me thinking lesser.  I second the second pic being lesser.

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Both look like Lesser to me. For the first one, a Greater would show a wider bill with more extensive black nail and lack the peak behind the head. Also, the faint purple sheen to the head is a good indicator of a Lesser.

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Thanks!  I have several photos of Scaup from a few days before @HamRHead had photos of a Greater in the area.  I double-checked and these are the only ones I had any doubt of.

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31 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Thanks!  I have several photos of Scaup from a few days before @HamRHead had photos of a Greater in the area.  I double-checked and these are the only ones I had any doubt of.

Bummer! You really need an underwater camera for Greater Scaup! The only time they surface is by accident, and then only if no birders are present :classic_blink:. Your best bet for seeing one is to lose the floppy birders hat. Then dress up like Jack Nicklaus, Serena Williams, or Waldo. If all else fails, try spandex.

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On 12/8/2019 at 7:57 AM, HamRHead said:

Bummer! You really need an underwater camera for Greater Scaup! The only time they surface is by accident, and then only if no birders are present :classic_blink:. Your best bet for seeing one is to lose the floppy birders hat. Then dress up like Jack Nicklaus, Serena Williams, or Waldo. If all else fails, try spandex.

Agreed

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