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p.1 #1 · Down the Hatch


A Lesser Scaup swallowing a whole clam. I see these ducks and Surf Scoters do this
over and over, it's a wonder they don't sink.

Thanks for looking.

-Tim






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Feb 13, 2013 at 02:15 AM
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p.1 #2 · Down the Hatch


Super photo Tim

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Feb 13, 2013 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #3 · Down the Hatch


Seeing this always blows my mind! Nice work Tim

Tim



Feb 13, 2013 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #4 · Down the Hatch


Remarkable photo Tim...
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Feb 13, 2013 at 02:32 AM
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p.1 #5 · Down the Hatch


Very nice catch Tim ~ Ron


Feb 13, 2013 at 02:52 AM
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p.1 #6 · Down the Hatch


Great shot Tim !!! Must be amazing to see.

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Feb 13, 2013 at 02:54 AM
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p.1 #7 · Down the Hatch


eyelaser wrote:
Remarkable photo Tim...
Eric


Tim- he took my word .
But this really IS a remarkable image.
I wouldn't have guessed that it would swallow the whole thing. What a powerful digestive system it must have.
Charlie



Feb 13, 2013 at 02:54 AM
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p.1 #8 · Down the Hatch


Powerful GI tract or a super large anus. Speaking of super, that is a super image Tim!


Feb 13, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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p.1 #9 · Down the Hatch


Oh man that's cool!!


Feb 13, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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p.1 #10 · Down the Hatch


Amazing shot, Tim. Soooo good. I love it.

- Tam



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p.1 #11 · Down the Hatch


Incredible capture!
Great image.

Bob



Feb 13, 2013 at 03:32 AM
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p.1 #12 · Down the Hatch


Absolutely awesome shot!! You captured a neat behavior and the shot is super sharp!
I'm trying to figure out how they deal with swallowing these whole - surely the stomach cannot digest such a large shell I knew birds swallowed tiny snails and such for mineral supplementation but have never seen this!!

EDIT: I just did a little research. It turns out that ducks like eiders and scoters who's primary dietary item is mussels, also very commonly swallow whole mussels. In fact this how they always do it. I guess since I'd never seen it, I never pondered how these mussel eating ducks would open a mussel - well they don't!! It turns out that their muscular proventriculus (in layman's terms this is a part of the gizzard - the same part that is used by raptors to crunch up the rodents they swallow whole) actually breaks the shell up, allowing for digestion. I would suppose that thick parts of the shell are passed, since they would be difficult to digest, but unsure on this part.

Pretty interesting, and thanks Tim for posting a photo that prompted me to learn something new!



Feb 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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Up close and personal. Love the detail in the mouth and beak.!! Don


Feb 13, 2013 at 04:47 AM
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p.1 #14 · Down the Hatch


nicely done Tim... looks yummy


Feb 13, 2013 at 09:31 AM
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p.1 #15 · Down the Hatch


Awesome, Tim!


Feb 13, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #16 · Down the Hatch


That's one of the best catches you could hope to see. The outside of the duck's gizzard is about the same size and shape as that clam, so how does it work out that problem? The scaups around here eat periwinkle snails, about the size of M&Ms with peanuts.


Feb 13, 2013 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #17 · Down the Hatch


Wow. No chewing either! Amazing shot Tim
David



Feb 13, 2013 at 06:10 PM
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p.1 #18 · Down the Hatch


Gulp! Wow that is a feeding machine

Cool catch Tim

Karl



Feb 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #19 · Down the Hatch


Tim I "adore" your capture! A wall hanger for sure :-) this ducks face is so precious! BeeBalm


Feb 13, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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p.1 #20 · Down the Hatch


That is a very nice, well-timed capture. Well done!


Feb 13, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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