First yet again some pictures of the Stejneger’s (Siberian) and Surf Scoters. These birds were far from cooperative and never came close for good photos but the Stejneger’s (Knobby) showed on every visit bar two normally loosely associating with a small group of Velvet Scoters and I saw him 10 times. The Surf Scoters were much less accommodating and I only ever saw a single Surf Scoter after having initially seen two and only saw this species four times in total. There were always large numbers of ducks too far out to scrutinise so both could well have still been present plus who knows that else.
On the morning of 20 July it was sunny and windless meaning I had perfect viewing conditions but unfortunately Knobby was just a bit too far out and the Surf was only a prick in the ‘scope but on the 19th I managed some photos of Surfy.
Knobby on 20th
|Stejneger's White-winged Scoter (knoppsjøorre) together with a male Velvet Scoter.|
|the shape of the knob shows best in this picture|
|here one can see the heavy wing moult|
|perhaps the best picture I've managed showing the bill colouration although the shape and extent on the knob has not come through aswell on this years pictures as it did last year|
|the windless conditions on the 20th made for some fantastic reflections on the fjord. These pictures were taken on the drive from the cabin to the by holding the scoters|
Surfy on 19th
|Surf Scoter (brilleand)|
If you think the above pictures are bad then look at my best efforts from the other days...
|Knobby on 19th|
|Knobby on 23rd|
|Knobby on 15th - he is on the left!|