Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)

Normally seen at distance when seawatching. This obliging bird at Barrow Lodge in February 2009 gave an insight into the efficient digestive rate of this diving duck. Mussels were swallowed whole at an alarming rate.

Velvet Scoter head on Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1184

Velvet Scoter head on Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1184



Velvet Scoter preening Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1203

Blog Velvet Scoter preening Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1203



Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1452

Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1452



Velvet Scoter with mussel Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1282

Velvet Scoter with mussel bill open Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1282



Velvet Scoter with mussel Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1285

Velvet Scoter with mussel Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1285



Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1539

Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09  IMG_1539



Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1540

Velvet Scoter Barrow Lodge 28 2 09 IMG_1540



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