Bath Time

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I had the opportunity to watch some Lesser Scaups preening. Like other diving ducks, scaups’ legs are set far back on their bodies. This makes it easier to propel themselves under water, but makes walking on land difficult. So their daily activities, like sleeping and preening, are performed on the water.

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This female is floating on her back while preening her belly.

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And now the side stroke.

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