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BirdNote: Fancy Ducks

Copyright Tom Grey

Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. Take a walk around a lake in late November, and you'll find male ducks in their most brilliant breeding colors. These ducks have lost their nondescript late-summer feathers, known as "eclipse plumage." Male dabbling ducks - like this Green-winged Teal - look their finest in late fall and winter, the season of courtship and pair-bonding.

The 2014 BirdNote calendar features many beautiful birds, including the Long-tailed duck. Check it out!

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