Monday, 12 November 2007

Green-winged Teal

Rarities and scarcities at Marshside RSPB on Merseyside can be extremely difficult to catch up with, often disappearing into the marsh's many creeks and gullies for hours, if not days, where they are impossible to see! This drake Green-winged Teal was the exception to the rule when Stephen Menzie photographed it showing itself off only yards in front of Sandgrounders' Hide.

Note not only the vertical white stripe & much reduced horizontal white stripe and the (somewhat invisible here) less striking yellow border to the green on the face but also the more extensive cream/yellow under the tail.