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Blue-winged teal        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Male blue-winged teal are easily identified by their blue-gray face with a bright white half-moon in front of the eye.  As with most ducks, the female is a camouflaged brown, since she has to be inconspicuous while incubating her eggs.   The male near the bottom right of the page was swimming in formation with a male shoveler in Palo Alto, California.   The other teal were photographed at the Bolsa Chica estuary and Newport Back Bay in coastal Orange County, at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, and at the Salton Sea, all in California.   Images of this species in flight are here.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 1D3, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender or 800 mm lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash on some of the photos (2004-2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2020)