Vevlet Scoter Melanitta fusca

Small numbers winter off the coast of Norfolk but they are more numerous further north.

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male Velvet Scoters, Joppa (Lothian, UK), 19th March 2014

 

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male Velvet Scoter, Largo Bay (Fife, UK), 27th December 2010

 

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Velvet Scoter (with Surf Scoter in lower left image), Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 17th November 2012 - probably a juvenile male

 

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Velvet Scoter, Cockenzie and Port Seton (Lothian, UK), 31st December 2013

 

Inland in Norfolk they are very rare so it was a great surprise to find this fine drake at Wroxham Broad one evening. Unfortunately it was nearly dark and the unadjusted photos were all-black - some extreme photoshopping has just about managed to bring out a recognisable form...

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male Velvet Scoter, Wroxham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 26th December 2009

 

The North American and east Asian forms of Velvet Scoter, known as White-winged Scoter, have been recently split as separate species.