This was my first time photographing Surf Scoters. What interesting birds! They refer to the group of them as a raft of scoters. They love mollusks and work together to loosen them. A friend described watching the front row of Scoters dive together and pop up toward the back then the second row would dive, followed by third and each row after that like a conveyor belt. The mussels they were after "tether themselves to rocks or each other with stringy fibers called byssal threads. Each thread has a foamy adhesive “plaque” at the end containing a mixture of proteins that give mussels their amazing adhesive qualities."
BEST VIEWED ON A COMPUTER AND NOT A PHONE.
“In a forest of a
trees, no two leaves
are alike. And no two journeys along the
same path are alike.”
~ Paulo Coelho