Things were “just ducky” earlier this month in the Centennial Valley of Montana and this Cinnamon Teal seemed to be enjoying the warm late afternoon light. It had been only 11°F earlier in the day so I am sure the sun felt great for the duck, it did to me.
I wish I had left a little more space at the bottom for this image for the “virtual” feet but I sure enjoy the view of the soft blue feathers that give this species its name.
The ducks were close and instead of taking off my 1.4x TC to allow more room in the frame I decided to switch my D810 from DX (cropped sensor) to FX (full frame) and it worked quite well with the other images but I didn’t frame this image well in the viewfinder. Live and learn!
I loved how the water reflected the blue of the sky overhead which contrasted with the tone of the duck’s plumage and how dried vegetation reflected the same tones as the Cinnamon Teal on the water too.
Soon I will be seeing Cinnamon Teal in their breeding plumage here in Utah.
I think its nice to have a dash of Cinnamon to start the day 🙂