bird photography : blue-winged teal

John heard several ducks feeding in the shallow waters just off the path at Huntley Meadows, and when he and Beth crept down for a closer look, they found this fine Blue-winged Teal drake and his mate.  A few days before, several birders had debated a distant spotting as being either teal or Ring-necked Ducks (the latter being the eventual correct identification)--but this time, they did see the elusive Blue-winged Teal.
John heard several ducks feeding in the shallow waters just off the path at Huntley Meadows, and when he and Beth crept down for a closer look, they found this fine Blue-winged Teal drake and his mate. A few days before, several birders had debated a distant spotting as being either teal or Ring-necked Ducks (the latter being the eventual correct identification)--but this time, they did see the elusive Blue-winged Teal.
Equipment:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
Settings:f8; 1/640 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 200
Date:April 7, 2006 9:38 am
Location:Huntley Meadows Park / Fairfax County, VA
Photography Notes:
Hopefully, John will have a chance to capture a better image of this beautiful duck--without blowing the highlights of the duck's white facial stripe.
 



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