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.
The pair mostly stayed together, only rarely separating for a solo photograph.
The Great Blue Heron can easily see over the vegetation, watching for lunch as more Teals swam behind him.
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.
Magnolia Plantation Audubon Swamp, Charleston, SC.
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.
They do a lot of swimming in circles, creating rings of waves. If you stand still they sometimes come circling back near the shore.
When they are away from the duckweed and the light is right their reflections can be quite pretty.
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Shaking his foot, this Green-winged Teal seemed to be bothered by something under the duckweed but he didn’t move on.
He stood with his foot in the air for several minutes, then slowly lowered it, maximizing the stretch.
Finally he settled in with a flash of color showing.
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