Birds of the World

Anatidae : Swans, Geese & Ducks

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Inverness-shire, Scotland - May 2004

In Britain, Scaup are locally common around the coast in winter, so I was a bit suprised to find this one on a small inland loch in late spring. I later discovered it had been present in the area for two years and spent the summer courting female Tufted Ducks.