What Color is Cinnamon?

I must have seen more Cinnamon Teal at Bear River than I’ve ever seen anywhere, a real treat since I seldom see them here in the Pacific Northwest. Photographically, it was a special treat to see them at first light.

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The male seemed to glow in the morning light.

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Of course, it’s hard to know the real color (assuming there is such a thing) of a male Cinnamon Teal because they look quite different in different sunshine.

I must admit that I was a little surprised when I saw this Cinnamon Teal standing on a log because he suddenly looked a lot shorter than he did when he was in the water. Those big feet and big beak, made me remember it’s actually a rather small duck, much smaller than a Mallard.

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This Cinnamon Teal was just outside the driving tour on the way back.

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He didn’t appear quite so mellow when I saw him the next day, but that's a tale for another day.

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