Centennial Valley Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal wing flap on Elk Spring CreekCinnamon Teal wing flap on Elk Spring Creek – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

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.

Cinnamon Teal male in eclipse plumageCinnamon Teal male in eclipse plumage – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

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!

Preening Cinnamon TealPreening Cinnamon Teal – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

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 🙂



  1. Elephant's Child September 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my. Just beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Jolanta September 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Blue feathers and blue water…beautiful picture!

  3. Glen Fox September 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    A dash of cinnamon would go over fine with me anytime. This is a species I have never seen and dearly want to photograph.

    You seem to be enjoying your new camera and lens Mia, and we are all enjoying the images you capture with them!


  4. Humming Bird Lover September 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

    HI! I love blue and this duck is beautiful! Have a great day! Keep up the great shots.

  5. Bob Bushell September 23, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful images Mia.

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