There was an incoming tide, weather conditions were calm, cloudy, and some rain was on the way. We stopped to look at a field, next to a restuarant, which usually floods every winter and a patch of water tends to remain for some time. This attracts some wildfowl and the occasional migrant bird.
Today there were a small number of Teal. A small, very colourful and striking duck.Of course that is of the male. The female is....you guessed it - brown! This is the case in most birds, that the male is more colourful than the females.
I managed to get a photo of a female Teal next to a female Mallard, another duck species and probably the most common one people see and know, so you can see the difference in size.