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All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

When they originally tore out the dike at Theler Wetlands I was worried how it would affect birding there. And there’s no doubts that birding has changed considerably because of the changes in habitat. I miss some of the birds I used to see there regularly, but one of the changes I’ve really appreciated is the large number of Green-Winged Teal that show up regularly. The tide flats are regularly covered with them, and it’s easy to get some great poses.

This little female was strutting her stuff

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with a male not far behind her.

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It seems strangely incongruent, though, that such beautiful birds should spend most of their time wading through the mud filtering out plant materials and small aquatic organisms,

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further proof, I guess, that beauty is where you find it.