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Black Scoter, American Scoter - Melanitta americana

Black Scoter, American Scoter - Melanitta americana

A large sea duck, characterised by its bulky shape and large bill. The species breeds in the far North of Canada, in Labrador and Newfoundland and migrates into more moderate regions South. Dives for crustacean and mollusks.

Common Names

How to Identify

Drake is completely black with a bulky yellow beak. Female is brown with pale cheeks.

Where & When to Spot

I observed this species in May at the coast in Tadoussac.

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

tadoussac - May 20, 2018

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;
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