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Green Winged Teal

Green Winged Teal
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World, 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 13:04
Viewed: 13362
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 58
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Green-winged teal, Anas crecca

The tiny Green-winged Teal is quite common across North America. The green wing patches are usually only visible when the bird is flying.

Until recently, the North American and Eurasian forms were considered distinct species. Each year a few males-and doubtless females-of the Eurasian form turn up in North America, giving rise to speculation that somewhere in North America a few of these so-called "Common Teal" may be breeding. A hardy species, they are among the last ducks to reach their winter habitat in the autumn and the first to depart in spring. Flocks of Green-winged Teal fly swiftly, executing sharp turns in unison like flocks of shorebirds. When the flock settles on water, the birds often separate into small groups consisting of one female courted by several males. Eventually the female chooses a mate and the chosen male wards off other suitors. In spring the pair returns to the previous breeding place of the female, not that of the male.

description 12-16" (30-41 cm). A small dark duck. Male has chestnut head, green ear patch, flashing green speculum, pale grey sides, and pinkish breast with a vertical white stripe down the side. Female is dark brown without distinctive markings.

Length: 14 inches
Weight: 350 grams
Range: Eurasia and North America
Habitat: lakes, marshes, ponds, shallow streams, farmlands, in migration also streams and brackish marshes
Incubation period: 23-24 days
Number of eggs: 10-12

Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-29 13:13]

fantastic photo Michael,
The details in this one are super, the colours are very good even as the composition, the pof and the great dof, very good photo.
gr. Jaap

Michael, Superp sharpness, detail and color here! Wish I had this wetland trust or similar near to me! Very well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-29 14:06]

A lovely sittin' duck. Excelent capture and well done on this composition.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-29 14:28]

Hello Michael, it's a great looking bird. Very nice picture, very good colours and nice composition. Very good work, well done.

Nice shot Michael,
excellent sharp details and nice bright colours.
His head colours remind me of the olde court jester look. He just needs the bells!
Thanks for posting

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-03-29 14:48]
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Great beautiful shot Michael!
The colors are outstanding, the picture is very sharp & clear to the eye.
If I will get really into details there is that strange string near the beak of the duck the is a bit distracting the eye.:)
The details in this picture are excellent and the BG and DOF are great!


Wow, beautiful looking bird Michael. Excellent detail and colour. Very well done.

Fantastic detail and good colour Michael, well taken.

Great colours and very beautiful picture, very good composition.
Where do you put the betteries... :)

A stunning shot. Incredibly sharp, I love her markings.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-29 17:18]

I wouldn't mind seeing these ducks in Switzerland. Well done on the colours and light.

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-29 17:40]

Toujours aussi beaux tes canards et spécialement les couleurs et la netteté.
Superbe photo!

Another lovely duck from you, Michael.
Great details, amazing colours and good composition.
Excellent work.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-03-29 23:17]

Stunning colours, good crisp detail and well exposed. All in all a great capture, well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-30 0:01]

This duck I have never seen before. Isn't he a beauty? Great capture, the colours are superb. Well done.

Supurb image. Classic pose with a great POV, composition and brilliant sharpness. Great plumage detail for this handsome bird.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-30 1:28]

This is a beautiful picture of a beautiful duck. The details and colors are amazing. Great composition as well. This is the first time I have seen a duck like that. TFS.

Super sharp! The details stand out on this duck. Lovely specimen as well. Very well done.

S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!!! Love the crisp clear details and that head, what an amazing colour.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-30 5:23]

Excellent picture. Razorsharp details and superb colors. Well done & TFS!

Great post, very nice vivid colours. It could have been better to leave a bit more space in front.
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-30 13:53]

VERY, Very very nie one of this beautiful teal, Mick. No Nits, well done, tfs

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-30 22:30]

La prise est parfaite, l'exposition et les couleurs sont excellentes.

Félicitation et merci pour l'envoi.

Very lovely capture, Michael. Good composition and lighting. There is so much detail and color in this duck. Very well done, thankyou.

So, this is what they look like close up ;-)
I wish ours would hang around long enough to have their pictures taken, but as soon as we're visible from where they are, they take off immediately for calmer waters..
Excellent sharpness, great colours, good POV.

I am commenting a bit late, but this is just beautifull.. the colours, the paterns on the back. Great shot !


Hello Michael,
Wonderful duck, I never see that species.
Good details and colours. Strange hair in the beak, but I read your replt to IdoTT.

Hello Michael,
Very nice picture, very good colours and nice composition.
well done.


Hello Michael.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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