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Green-winged teal        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Green-winged teal are beautiful little ducks, especially the males (the females, as at upper left and below (in flight), are also very attractive) -- but they tend to be very shy and difficult to photograph.   The male at upper right is stretching and showing the green wing 'speculum' patch, and the other teals are swimming quietly or doing a wing-flap exercise.  Many green-wings spend the winter in California; most migrate elsewhere to breed.   These were all photographed in California:   at Newport Back Bay estuary on the southern coast, at nearby Bolsa Chica wetlands, at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, or in Palo Alto.   More images are on this page.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D3, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2020)