Sunday, January 28, 2007

Scaup Identification Question: 28-Jan-2007

20070128_ScaupFront.jpg 20070128_ScaupSide.jpg
Scaup species — female
Central Park — Reservoir
Images by BEN CACACE

This scaup was on the reservoir this morning (Sun, 28 Jan 2007) briefly from at least 9:30a after I completed a loop of the reservoir. I left the area around 9:45a. The bird was not seen again by other birders I mentioned the sighting to.

Are there enough details in the two photos to ID this as Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)? The images are cropped from the original without any additional compression other than the normal in-camera JPEG compression.

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