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Green-winged Teal Size

Posted on Feb 22, 2016

I took this photo and I still can’t mentally process it correctly. Here we have a drake Green-winged Teal in front of an American Black Duck with Gadwall, American Coot, Mallard, among others. Teals are certainly small ducks, but that bird looks tiny compared to its friends. They are very close to one another and the little teal is closer to me…what a size difference in every feature! This guy seems like a toy in front of the Black Duck on a cold and snowy day. There will not be many more of those left…

Green-winged Teal Drake-6320

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator