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Baikal Teal

Baikal Teal
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ducks II, Exotic Ducks Of The World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-15 14:02
Viewed: 6775
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Baikal Teal, Anas Formosa

Yesterday I posted a portrait of this beautiful duck, today here is the full shot. Yesterday was the first time that I had seen this species and it may never have happened. Walking along a path in the WWT a swan was blocking my route, so I had to detour next to the reedbed, where I disturbed a family of Baikal Teals. I may never have seen them if it wasn't for the swan.

Male: the breeding plumage of the adult male is unmistakable and very ornamental. It is similar and closely related to the Green-winged Teal Anas crecca, although slightly larger. The top of the head is dark brown to black, with buff and green patches on the face surrounded by white and black. The breast is light brown, speckled with black; the sides are finely vermiculated bluish-grey. The scapulars are long and taper to a point, buff lined with black and chestnut. The bill is dark grey to black, legs and feet grey. Female: very similar to the Green-winged Teal hen, but larger and having a dark-bordered, white patch at the base of the bill.
Migratory, breeds in central and eastern Siberia, winters in China, Japan & Korea. Occasionally wanders to the Aleutian Islands and Alaska and has been reported as far south as California. Birds seen elsewhere in North America are more than likely escaped aviary birds. During the breeding season, seen on taiga marshes and lakes, forested streams and tundra rivers. Winters in a variety of freshwater and brackish areas.
Vulnerable: once very common, now declining in large numbers throughout its range. The main cause of the decline is believed to be hunting on passage. In winter, as the birds gather in large, dense flocks, their predictable daily movements to feeding grounds render them susceptible to shooting or netting.
Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

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Very beautifull duck with excellent colours and very good light in this picture, maybe you should lower a little bit the camera to give little bit space for the head in the reflection.

Nice shot Michael,
The details and colours are great. The reflection is nice.
Nice sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-15 15:36]

Veyr well done Michael. Nice follow up to yesterdays portrait. Excllent quality, nice colours and composition, very well done.

Michael, Brilliant colors, great color tones. Razorsharp, very nice reflection..Very well done!!

Amazing so many beautiful birds there are in the world and how little people generally care.

Another gorgeous duck Michael and very well captured. The light is fantastic as well as the colours and sharpness.

This site has turned into what I think was Adams and Roberts idea - people all over the world getting more information and knowledge about the creatures outside their own backyard.

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-03-15 16:32]

Outstanding photo of a remarkable bird.

This is a handsome bird,Michael,and you've captured it perfectly.Composition,clarity and colours arte all just perfect.Excellent notes too. Great post. Thanks.

What a wonderfully marked bird, you have captured the detail and colour well Michael. Nicely composed and good exposure too.

A beautiful bird. The color and detail are perfect. I think this is excellent, I just like your portrait shot even better.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-03-15 21:53]

This is beautiful duck,so colourful ,good composition&sharp.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-15 22:08]

Un canard d'une très grande beauté avec ses magnifiques couleurs. Il faut dire que le photographe y est pour quelque chose. Merci pour cette belle présentation et bonne journée.

I am green with envy. I have been trying for a while now to get a good shot of them at our local zoo. It just doesnt happen for me.

Lovely shot, the colours are beautiful, and the reflection is a bonus.


Fantastic detail Michael, a really impressive shot. I love the markings on this duck, I have never seen one of these before - you are very lucky. Great reflection and composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-16 6:23]

Lovely shot. Great colors and details. Light is perfect. DOF & POV are good too. TFS!

Another gorgeous duck Michael.
Great sharpness, colours and light.
Very good work.

Nice shot, great colours and good sharpness.
Well done.

Stunning shot, beautiful plumage and you've captured him very well. An excellent post.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-03-20 14:32]

Very good picture with great colors and sharpness ! Good work !


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-03-22 18:24]

What a gorgeous duck! The colors, as well as the light, are just magnificent! It is quite a feat to get even the reflection to be so sharp. The crop on the bottom feels a little tight.

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