A very small, brightly patterned duck, the Green-winged Teal prefers shallow ponds with lots of emergent vegetation.The picture of this Green-winged Teal was taken at Big John’s Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, New York.
To hear the sounds of the male Green-winged Teal, click on the arrow below.
American Black Ducks look like female Mallards except with an olive-yellow bill. Look for American Black Ducks in both fresh and saltwater in eastern North America. This American Black Duck was photographed at Stuyvesant Cove which is a small park area on the East River in lower Manhattan.
Gadwall Duck Male photographed at Stuyvesant Cove which is on the East River in lower Manhattan. Gadwall’s mainly eat Aquatic vegetation. As a result, Gadwalls are often found feeding far from the shoreline, in deeper water than most other dabbling ducks.
The photograph of this adult non-breeding Long-tailed Duck was taken at the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach in Nassau County, New York. I used the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 100-400mm lens to photograph this beautiful Long-tailed Duck. The Long-tailed Duck is one of the deepest diving ducks, and can dive as deep as 60 meters (200 feet) to forage.
Common Mergansers are sometimes called sawbills, fish ducks, or goosanders. The word “merganser” comes from the Latin and roughly translates to “plunging goose”—a good name for this very large and often submerged duck.
The picture of this male Mallard Duck was taken at the New York Botanical Garden. The picture of this Mallard Duck male was taken with the CANON EOS 7D and the CANON 100-400 lens and the CANON 580EXII flash.