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I’m featuring another species of teal tonight, Green-winged Teal. These little dabbling ducks are close relatives of the Cinnamon Teal that I featured a few days ago. They are certainly as beautiful, or nearly so, as their relatives.
These little ducks are seasonal residents in southern Arizona and I find them to be among the last to arrive of the winter migrants and the first to leave in the spring. They summer in the northern part of the United States but may be found at least occasionally throughout Canada and Alaska as well during the warm months.
You can identify the males of this species by the bright green “racing stripes” on the sides of their heads. They get the name “Green-winged” because they have brilliant green secondary feathers on their wings.
These ducks are fairly secretive. I seldom see them swimming in open water at Sweetwater Wetlands. They always seem to be at least partly hidden in the dense foliage that lines the ponds’ banks. They certainly put on a spectacular show of color when they do appear.
Photos taken with a Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 400, f6.3 @ 1/1250.