Feathery Friday – Odd Ducks

Is that a thing? Can I make it a thing? I can try to make it a thing but we shall see. If you don’t know what I used to photograph, it wasn’t birds… and then it was! Before 2020 I was doing events, travel and the occasional portrait but then we all know what happened after the world came to a screeching halt.

I decided that I would go along with DH and his love of bird photography. Once upon a time it would be him looking for a bird and I would be off doing macro of a flower or a bee or a landscape but when there were no more events and people…I got into birding with him.

I have since learned to love it.

While it can be frustrating it is for the most part peaceful and nature is good for ones health. I never knew there were so many wonderful feathery critters out there but after my first year of being clueless about anything other than a Robin, Blue Jay or Eagle – I can identify many more birds and if I can’t I have ebird.org on my phone.

There’s an app for everything!

So for my first Feathery Friday here we go with a pair of Shoveler Ducks but wait! One of these things is not like the other, hmmmmm. The duck in the foreground is a hybrid and he caused quite a stir here in Central Ohio. Everyone agreed that it was a hybrid Shoveler but hybrid with what was the ongoing discussion in the birding community.

Guesses were Shoveler with a Blue Winged Teal (hence the white stripe across the face) or a Cinnamon Teal because of the rust colored feathers covering the breast area. We may never know but it was a very cool odd duck.

shoveler duck, duck, nature, hybrid, central ohio

Teri 📷

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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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4 Responses to Feathery Friday – Odd Ducks

  1. Nancy says:

    We see hybrids on the lake in Pennsylvania as well.
    I will enjoy Feathery Fridays! Keep them coming!

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    Hybridization makes identification more difficult. It is beautiful duck, whatever the parentage.

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