COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra

Scoters really are not easy to photograph as they spend most of their time at sea. Formerly including Black Scoter, the breeding areas are from Iceland to central Siberia, this does include a few pairs in Scotland. Wintering around coasts as far south as northwest Africa, they are numerous around the UK where there is suitable food, usually in quite large flocks and often with other scoters. The scientific name, of course, means black, whereas Black Scoter's specific is americana.

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