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"Surf Scoter"
Surf Scoter:    The Surf Scoter is a black/white seaduck common on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in the winter. It has a boldly patterned head that is the basis for its colloquial name "skunk-headed coot". Other names include "Goggle-nose", "Horse-head Coot", "Plaster-bill", "Snuff-taker", "Blossom-billed Coot", "Bottle-nosed DIver" and "Mussel Bill". The Surf Scoter is named for their propensity to forage in ocean surf and breaking waves. Its name (Melanitta perspicillata) is from Latin for conspicuous or spectacular, in reference to the bizarre, multicolored drake bill.

 
Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Seaside Cove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Surf Scoter, male, and surf, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Sunny, chilly, beautiful day. Image taken February 2, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoter, male, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Sunny, chilly, beautiful day. Image taken February 2, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


March ... Columbia River at Megler, Washington ...

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Surf Scoter, male, Columbia River at Megler, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoters, Columbia River at Megler, Washington. Image taken March 8, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


April ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Surf Scoter, male. Overcast with drizzle. On South Quigley Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 5, 2012.
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Surf Scoter, female. Overcast with drizzle. On South Quigley Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 5, 2012.

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May ... Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon ...

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Surf Scoter, male (left) and female (right), Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Day heavy overcast but no rain. Image taken May 2, 2010. Canon Rebel T1i, 300mm.


October ... Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2011, Westermoreland Park, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Surf Scoter, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Day overcast and gray. Image taken October 23, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoter, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Day overcast and gray. Image taken October 23, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoter, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Day overcast and gray. Image taken October 23, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoter, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Day overcast and gray. Image taken October 23, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


October ... South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon ...

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Surf Scoter, male (left) and female (right), South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Image taken October 25, 2011. Canon Rebel T3i, 300mm.
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Surf Scoter, female, landing, South Jetty, Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Image taken October 25, 2011. Canon Rebel T3i, 300mm.


October ... Columbia River at Hayden Island, Portland, Oregon ...

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Surf Scoter, male, Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon. Overcast day with some sun some drizzle. Image taken October 26, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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Surf Scoters, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Surf Scoter, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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