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Monday, February 21, 2011

Green-Winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)

Since I began to observe local birds and attempt to identify and photograph them I have been amazed to discover just how many different kinds there are, especially among the duck family. Here's one I've only seen once, the Green-Winged Teal (Anas carolinensis). This one and his mate were busily dabbling in some very mucky water at the head of Finlayson Arm in Goldstream Park. The photo above is practically the only time this drake had his head above water while I was there.

4 comments:

Isabel said...

Nice shot!

JoJo said...

I've never seen one of these. Great colouring on this duck.

Dean Lewis said...

From an evolutionary point of view, I find it fascinating how and why very different species can be from one another in appearance traits, with beautiful markings, stripes and colours ,.. etc.

Seems to me that the diversity could well act as a strong reproduction benefit in facilitating 'birds of a feather' to more quickly recognize one another, plus progressively strengthen the uniqueness because the higher repro rate and it's perceived species favourabiity between suitors.
Something like the male-rutting routine among deer and elk where the stongest, best rack of horns etc. results in natural selection.

Paul said...

Nice photo, like you I only really got observant about local birds with my photography. No teals here in my part of Leeds at least that I have seen