Surf scooter at Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Sylvie Newey photo)

Surf scooter at Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Sylvie Newey photo)

Surf’s up!

Surf scoter scours the waters off Chemainus for food

Seen in action along the beach in Chemainus: a surf scoter, captured on camera by Sylvie Newey during December.

The surf scoter is a large sea duck that winters along the Pacific coast.

This is a typical adult male, with characteristic white patches on the forehead. Adult females are slightly smaller and browner.

The diving ducks feed on mussels as an important part of their diet.

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