Sarita Yeola  

Scooter by Sarita Yeola

January 2021 - Scooter

About the Image(s)

I watched a pair of scooter diving for food one cool morning in the San Mateo Bay, This female came back with a shell and I was quite excited to take a picture before it swallowed the shell. I cropped the image in post processing.

Nikon D500: 300mm, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/640s

2 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Ive never seen this species of duck...I'll have to look up more info on it...but it sounds like it swallows the shell that correct? I am presuming that the duck still had its nictating membrane closed since the eye looks peculiar, it is something I see in other birds. I like your placement of the duck in the frame and love the water droplets showing the action. I think it could use a little noise reduction. Or is might be that the shutter speed was not quite high enough (which given the water droplets doesn't make sense) so I think that less likely.
  Posted: 01/10/2021 16:32:48

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Hi Sherry,
Thank you for your comments. The surf scoters (I misspelled scoter in my original post) do swallow the bivalves in its entirety. They prefer smaller bivalves probably because they are more energy efficient to digest. The female scoters have dark brown eyes so with the membrane the eye does look very peculiar. I tried noise reduction in Lightroom but it didn't really help the image. As you mentioned a higher shutter speed would have helped the image be sharper and crispier.   Posted: 01/15/2021 20:03:08


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