Blue-winged x Cinnamon
I've been meaning to share this image--the only good one I got--of the hybrid blue-winged x cinnamon teal (the center bird) we saw at the Viera Wetlands near Titusville, FL on Wednesday, January 24. It's such a lovely bird, and clearly a drake (male).
He's got a faint version of the male blue-winged teal's face crescent, but with the overall warm, cinnamon tones of the drake cinnamon teal. Handsome!
I took this image with my digiscoping set-up. And that was really the only way to get this photo since the bird stayed on the far side of the marsh the whole time we saw it. My new Canon 30D with the 300mm lens couldn't touch it (but I still shot away then discarded every single image).
So I can see my future bird photography outings will be even more gear-heavy. I'll keep the Canon 30D handy on my shoulder, carry the spotting scope, and have the PowerShot 520A and digiscoping adapter in my pocket in case I need to "digi" something. For distant birds, there's no beating a spotting scope's magnification ability.
Here's a cropped version for your ogling enjoyment.
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