Baikal Teal

Sugar Land, TX

Hello everyone, I have not posted in a while but I am still heavy into wildlife photography. I post most of my shots on my facebook page (Chris Hirsch). I was at Brazos Bend State Park yesterday and got a few shots of an unusual duck. It's a Baikal Teal that is from Russia. A long way from home!

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Very nice photos Chris. Thank you for sharing them... Geez, a long way from home is for sure!

Rowlett, TX(Zone 8a)

Most likely as escapee from someone's pond, but a beautiful duck nonetheless.


Marlton, NJ

Wow beautiful duck!

Norman, OK

Nice capture wherever they came from.

Sugar Land, TX

Update....this duck is mostly Baikal Teal but it turns out it is a mutt. It has some other duck mixed in. Maybe I should name it! :-)

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

My guess would be a wigeon for the other parent (whether Eurasian, American, or Chiloe, no idea!).


Sugar Land, TX

Well, it seems this is a Blue-winged/Green-winged Teal hybrid. It has been theorized that all Teal evolved from the Baikal Teal and carry the gene that creates the head coloring.

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