Sleeping Green-winged Teal (Photo of the week)

A green-winged teal sleeps as it floats, its reflection cast in the still water
A green-winged teal sleeps as it floats, its reflection cast in the still water. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-7D. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: 1/640 sec. at f/5.6

This week’s photo is of a sleeping green-winged teal, as he floated around a local pond along the bay. The green-winged teal is one of the many duck species that winter here, extending the color palette from the ubiquitous mallard. I liked this photo because of its simplicity, and the vivid colors reflected in the water.

Many days I am up at dawn photographing, just for moments like this. Not only is the light warm and slanting in low across the horizon, but water tends to be still and glassy, offering many opportunities for great reflections.

  • Nagarkot247

    Incredible juxtaposition of colors.