(2) Velvet Scoter
(3) Velvet Scoter
The Velvet Scoter
Bute had a winter visitor last week in the shape of a Velvet Scoter, a diving duck from Scandinavia and Siberia.
These ducks winter on the east coast of Britain but mainly at the Moray Firth area.
They are smart looking birds about the same size as an eider duck but all black with white wing bars, mainly seen on flight.
They have a yellow bill with an orange tip and orange/red legs. This male specimen was a bad tempered little bird spending most of the day fighting with male eider ducks but also feeding with them on mussels and crabs below Rothesay Pier where I caught it on camera.
I would like you, the public, on seeing a rare or unusual bird which you cannot identify to get in touch with me and I will check it out. if it is a rare visitor and I can get close enough, then I will photograph it and supply a print to you free of charge..
This was my first article of A Birds Eye View of Bute published by the Buteman on 18-05-2001, and again on 13-05-2011 , with the image, celebrating my writing for the Buteman for ten years with "A Birds eye View of Bute, and Island Life"