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Blue-winged Teal

Posted by Edwin Bowe on May 25, 2022 at 9:40 pm
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Location: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
The blue shoulder patches that give this duck its name are primarily visible in flight. While swimming, the more notable characteristics are the white crescent on the bluish-gray head, the buff-colored body with dark black splotches, and the black wings. This image of a preening male shows hints of the blue shoulder patch and the green secondaries, which are visible in flight.