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.
We see hybrids on the lake in Pennsylvania as well.
I will enjoy Feathery Fridays! Keep them coming!
What kind of hybrids and thank you. I hope to keep them coming 🙂
No idea! But they aren’t like the others.
Hybridization makes identification more difficult. It is beautiful duck, whatever the parentage.