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Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-03 18:51
Viewed: 2746
Points: 34
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The dramatic breeding plumage of the drake cinnamon teal is hard to miss. Bright rusty/cinnamon head, neck and underparts contrast with distinct blue upperwing-coverts and white wing linings. However, in eclipse plumage during late summer and fall, he is a drab mottled brown that makes it easy to confuse him with the females.

Females, who are smaller than the males, are nearly indistinguishable from blue-winged teal hens. In hand, the differences become more distinct. Cinnamon teal hens have a slightly larger bill, plainer face and a warmer brown plumage.


There are 5 subspecies of cinnamon teal. 4 of these subspecies are found in South and Central America, but little is known about these populations. The one subspecies found in North America mostly breeds in the Great Basin and western intermountain regions of the United States. Unlike most of the North American dabbling ducks, cinnamon teal rarely breed in the prairie-parkland region. During the winter months, most of these cinnamon teal are found in Mexico.


During breeding season in the intermountain West, cinnamon teal like freshwater seasonal and permanent wetlands. These can include large marsh systems, natural basins, reservoirs, slow streams, ditches and stock ponds. They like water bodies that have well-developed stands of emergent vegetation.

In the winter months, cinnamon teal in the southern extent of their range (e.g. California) generally remain in the same habitat that they used during breeding season. The teal that migrate to Mexico are found in tidal estuaries, freshwater, brackish and salt marshes, agricultural fields and mangrove forests.


Cinnamon teal are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animals. Their diet is mostly made up of seeds and aquatic vegetation, aquatic insects, semi-terrestrial insects, snails and zooplankton. Cinnamon teal generally feed by dabbling in shallow water.


Pairs are mostly formed on the wintering grounds during February and March. Pairs are seasonally monogamous, meaning that once a hen and drake form a pair they stay together for that breeding season. However, next season they will mate with a different partner.

Nests are built near water in rushes, sedges and grasses. Some hens may nest over water in dense bulrushes or cattails. Once a nesting site is selected, hens will scrape a shallow depression in the ground an start to line it with surrounding materials such as dead grass. Females add down to the nest from their own breast during egg laying and incubation.

Hens will lay one egg a day until 4 to 16 eggs are laid. Eggs are generally laid in the morning. Only the female incubates. As more eggs are laid, they will spend longer on the nest.

Tapping and peeping noises can be heard 24 to 48 hours before hatching. Ducklings are led from the nest as soon as their down is dry, which is within 24 hours of hatching. The hen leads the ducklings to water where they start feeding themselves from the first day.
From.... deltawaterfowl.org

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-03 20:01]

Dear friend Rick,
As always a fine pic showing these lovely ducks.Nice natural colors and wonderful composition. The red eye of the duck mother is amazing!
Many congrats ! TFS and ...keep posting !
Best wishes,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-05-03 20:01]

Hi Rick , a very nice shot of this pair of teals , good detail with nice light and a good natural color. TFS & regards

Hi Rick,
Wonderful image of these Teal. You caught them in great focus and light. Nice environmental scene as well. Its always nice to see a male and a female together like this, its a great two for one deal. I have never seen of these up here, this is really great. Take care of your fine self.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-03 22:15]

Hello Rick,
A delightful capture of this pair of Cinnamon Teal. The side lighting shows their features well with fine colours and the sharpness and composition on the sky -reflecting water contribute to a n image that is nice to view.
Thanks and kind regards to you,

Great shot of this lovely couple of cinnamon teal, a species that we see here as excape from zoos and birdkeepers only


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-03 22:39]

Hello Rick.
Amazing picture of this pair. I like it very much.Wonderful colour palette, excellent sharpness and fine composition.Best regards Siggi

very fine scene and photo Rick!
regards Nasos

great pair, we missed your pictures, TFS Ori

Bonjour Rick,
Excellente profondeur de champ et bonne maitrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-04 8:09]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful photo of this pair, so pure and natural! Great sharpness, details and DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-04 12:14]

Hello Rick,
An excellent picture of this beautiful pair with the male looking very proud in his cinnamon colour breeding plumage. Great focus on the red eye too and fine sharp details of both.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Rick

Excellent photo of this couple of cinnamon teals,
very fine low POV and framing, beautiful light
and color tones, excellent contrast,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Rick,
A lovely pair of ducks you have captured. Good details, natural colours and superb DOF. Well done!

Hello Rick,
Lovely capture of these duck with wonderful environment, very good details sharpness, beautiful natural colours and very well exposure,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-05-05 10:04]

Hi Rick,

A very beautiful Cinnamon Teal couple. The male's colors are striking but the lady is lovely too. Fine details of the faces and feathers. The female's eye is a knock-out and really stands out. Love the setting and composition. By the way, the feeling is mutual.


Hi Rick,
What a lovely pair of Cinnamon Ducks here Rick, amazing detail in the feathers, impressive saturated colours and very sharp indeed,
Congratulations and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-05-05 16:26]

Hello my friend
That is a beautiful presentation ,simple but so realistic.Good POV and razor sharp image with good details amasing to see the water on the male plumagealso colors are so natural.Once again excellent work
TFS Michel

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