Smallest Dabbling Duck
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|“Smallest Dabbling Duck” is the name of this photo taken today at Quidi Vidi Lake. This is the American green-winged teal. This dabbling duck is strongly migratory and winters far south of its breeding range. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. In flight, the fast, twisting flocks resemble waders.|
They are not to common around St.John’s.
Believed to be one of the most abundant and wide-ranging ducks in North America, green-winged teals are also among the smallest and fastest, flying at more than 30 miles per hour. Very hardy ducks, more than half of their North American population breeds in the boreal forest of Alaska and Canada.
The green-winged teal eats the seeds of pondweeds, bulrushes, sedges, grasses, grain and berries. It pokes its head down in the water to sift food from the mud and it pulls grasses and weeds up from the water's edge. It often travels a good distance from water to find food. Young teals also eat insects.
The green-winged teal breeds from late April to early June. The female lays six to ten eggs. She lays only one egg a day. The nest is made in long grass near the water in a depression in the ground. The nest is lined with grasses, leaves, weeds and down. The female often covers the eggs with down to keep them warm when she leaves the nest. Only the female incubates the eggs. The chicks hatch in about 21-23 days.
This photograph was cropped, level adjusted, unsharp mask 134, 1, 6, framed, and save a web.
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- [2007-04-07 18:29]
bellos detalles y excelente colorido,
- [2007-04-07 18:40]
Excellent shot and well done on the comp. A rare site here on Trek N.
- [2007-04-07 19:03]
nice colors good focus nice water ripples.
- [2007-04-07 22:48]
A very nice capture of this teal.The details and focus are sharp.The colours of the plumage are excellent.Well done.TFS
- [2007-04-09 14:11]
Hello Jim , It's a fantastic shot from the duck ,good sharpnes, details on the plumage ,very good ,good sharpnes pov and dof very good ,Greetings Teunie .