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Canvasback Duck --(Aythya valisineria) (45635 bytes)

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Canvasback Duck
Aythya valisineria

At first I had trouble seeing the canvasbacks among the mallards. That was partially because they were sleeping, but also because they were not as large as I expected. The canvasback I photographed last fall seemed quite large. What I did not realize at the time was how much smaller scaups and ring-necked ducks are than mallards.

Location: Swan Lake, Sitka, Alaska

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