Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mmmmmm, cinnamon.

There were three male Cinnamon Teal in the slough at Terra Nova this morning. Two quickly split, leaving one nervous bird behind. These are not a common sight; this is near the northern limit of the breeding distribution of CITEs.

Enough was enough. I got too close, and off he went.

He circled back and landed to shadow a male American Wigeon. This gives an idea of the daintiness of the teal. Wigeons are small next to Mallards. Cinnamon Teal are smaller than that. (The other two,more commonly seen, teals are smaller still.) More on teal(s).

3 comments:

Karen said...

Oh! I want to see one. Or three. They are shy, eh? Unlike the semi-oblivious Wigeons and the downright slutty Mallards.

biobabbler said...

Cinnamon teals are some of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen. Esp. in great lighting--what an amazing color, and they are so small.

Hugh said...

biobabbler, Thanks for your comment. It failed to publish due to some Blogger error:

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Anyway, I agree, in the right light, Cinnamon Teal are spectacular birds.