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Scarlet Teenager

Did I Finally get my Blue-winged Teal?

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Hi all! I saw these four ducks on my trip to Cape May last Fall. This photo was taken either on October 22 or 23, not sure which one. I'm aware the one on the left is a gadwall, but when I uploaded it I noticed the other three ducks that are DEFINITELY not mallards. Blue-winged Teal? Eclipse Shoveler? What the duck are these?

WHAT ARE THOSE???

 

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35 minutes ago, Scarlet Teenager said:

Hi all! I saw these four ducks on my trip to Cape May last Fall. This photo was taken either on October 22 or 23, not sure which one. I'm aware the one on the right is a gadwall, but when I uploaded it I noticed the other three ducks that are DEFINITELY not mallards. Blue-winged Teal? Eclipse Shoveler? What the duck are these?

WHAT ARE THOSE???

 

I assume you mean the one on the left is a Gadwall, the group to the right are all Northern Shovelers.

EDIT - agree with Astro.

FYI - you are more likely to see BW Teal on a small pond, marshy wetland or flooded field, not a larger body of water

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Just now, CanadianCodhead said:

I assume you mean the one on the left is a Gadwall, the group to the right are all Northern Shovelers.

Oh yeah, sorry! Fixed!

I always mix up left and right. My dad doesn't let me be the google maps navigator anymore because of the countless times I've messed up. The sad thing is that my 9 year old sister does a better job than me :mellow:

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13 minutes ago, Scarlet Teenager said:

Oh yeah, sorry! Fixed!

I always mix up left and right. My dad doesn't let me be the google maps navigator anymore because of the countless times I've messed up. The sad thing is that my 9 year old sister does a better job than me :mellow:

Gotta learn the thumb trick for left and right I guess.

Another hint is size. BW Teal are small,between half and 2/3rds the size of Mallard. They are only 35-40 cm long.

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49 minutes ago, CanadianCodhead said:

Gotta learn the thumb trick for left and right I guess.

Another hint is size. BW Teal are small,between half and 2/3rds the size of Mallard. They are only long.

For Americans thats 13-15 inches long. :)

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41 minutes ago, CanadianCodhead said:

Gotta learn the thumb trick for left and right I guess.

Another hint is size. BW Teal are small,between half and 2/3rds the size of Mallard. They are only 35-40 cm long.

If you're wondering what it is, the left hand forms an "L" when the thumb and index fingers are extended.

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2 minutes ago, Astrobirder said:

If you're wondering what it is, the left hand forms an "L" when the thumb and index fingers are extended.

Haha this feels like kindergarten all over again :P

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3 hours ago, Astrobirder said:

If you're wondering what it is, the left hand forms an "L" when the thumb and index fingers are extended.

From your point of view, if your palm is facing away from you (which is probably the most natural way to do it).

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Thank you everybody! I'll keep a lookout for those BW's during spring migration!

Am I the only one who thinks it's funny how a topic about unID'd ducks turned into methods of differentiating left and right :lol:

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Very interesting!  I have at least noticed that shovelers have a wide variety of plumages, but I didn't know how they related to each other.

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