Black 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.

How To Identify

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

Where and When to Spot

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

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 100

Taxonomy

Anseriformes
Anatidae
Melanitta americana

Locations