The name Scaup originates from the word skalp meaning mussel-bed. The word was prompted by one it's favourite items on it's diet.
This one had been hanging around the marina in Dover Harbour for a while. I went and had a look today, and couldn't find it for a while. After a walk along the pier to look at the gulls, which proved fruitless I returned to the dock and found it fully in the open.
I came over and saw me for a while, but it was so dark that I would probably have done rather better with a large flash.
It is the first time I've photographed an adult female, the last one at Sandwich was a male. The white around the beak is more extensive than you ever get on a female tufted duck.