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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/24/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Blue-winged Teal

(Anas discors)

Where: Palm Beach County, FL • Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands

Notes: Since seeing several of these ducks on our first trip to Florida I had hoped to capture an interesting shot of this species. We saw these dabbling ducks at several locations, including Merritt Island, Viera Wetlands and Wakodahatchee Wetlands, but there was either poor lighting or no good angle to photograph from. Finally as we walked along the extensive boardwalk at Green Cay, we found a few of these birds in close. They were content to stand along the shallow waters and preen, despite the passing trickle of people walking by. I backed up to get the best angle that I could and watched as was this beautiful male Teal cleaned and preened its feathers. I especially like this pose, because it not only shows its green speculum, but displays the “blue wing” coverts that it is named for. The crescent moon shape on its face is also a strong identification mark on the males that can often be seen at a great distance. These ducks winter in the southern Unites States and farther south, from coast to coast. Their breeding range extends northward along both sides of the Canadian border and northward.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 600mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/320 second • Aperture = f-11 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 600 mm • ISO = 800 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 12-24-13

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