The greater scaup eats aquatic invertebrates. Although they prefer to forage during the day in shallow water, sometimes, if traffic is too high, they will delay their forage until night to avoid rush hour.
The scaup might seem like just another duck, but it's nothing of the sort. From the dune lakes of Northland to the hydroelectric lakes of the South, the scaup is us. They are Aotearoan through and through, from their love of being on the water, their tacit support for renewable energy, their resilience, their versatility, and their sociability. Characteristically understated, the scaup rejects international fame or flashy plumage and just cracks on with it, embodying the best of what it means to be a Kiwi. #pickthepāpango