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Blue-winged Teal Pair

I was sitting on a bench at the edge of the swamp watching a Great Blue Heron when this pair of Blue-winged Teals swam by.

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The pair mostly stayed together, only rarely separating for a solo photograph.

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The Great Blue Heron can easily see over the vegetation, watching for lunch as more Teals swam behind him.

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The Teal pair quickly did a U-turn when the open water ended near where the Heron stood and went back where they came from.

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Magnolia Plantation Audubon Swamp, Charleston, SC.

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teals are dabbling ducks and often have bits of grass or duckweed hanging from their beaks or heads.  The ones at Magnolia Plantation are wary of people and I mostly get photographs of them swimming away.

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They do a lot of swimming in circles, creating rings of waves. If you stand still they sometimes come circling back near the shore.

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When they are away from the duckweed and the light is right their reflections can be quite pretty.

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