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Surf Scoter - 1st yr male | by Len Blumin
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Surf Scoter - 1st yr male

The young male Surf Scoter was almost too close for a photo. The odd plumage presumably reflects a combination of worn juvenile plumage and molt into 1st alternate plumage. Doran Beach, Bodega Bay. He almost appears to have a mischievious grin!

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Taken on March 16, 2011