University of Maryland Extension

Wildlife Management: Diving Ducks

Author: 
Glenn A. Carowan Jr.
Canvasback ducks

Diving Ducks, also called bay ducks or sea ducks, use the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the coastal waters of Maryland's Eastern Shore primarily during the winter. They all dive for their food and, in taking wing, do not spring directly upward but must patter for some distance across the surface to gain enough momentum to fly. This fact sheet describes Diving Ducks found on the Eastern Shore and details some management challenges associated with them.

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