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Western Wisconsin -- Scaup? (1 Viewer)


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I was at Willow River State Park and noticed this guy out in the middle of the lake nearby some Ring-billed Ducks. The photo isn't great, but can you help me with Greater vs. Lesser? The head shape makes me think it's a Greater. If I'm way off and it's not even a Scaup, let me know!


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Lesser Scaup for me - hint of a short crest at the back of the head; Greater has smoothly rounded head.


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Ok, thanks! I had thought it looked a bit larger in proportion, but the slight crest does point to Lesser.


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Here's two other shots...pretty much the exact same angle, but maybe will help with seeing if there really is a crest on the head or not.


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