When I heard about the Falcated Duck yesterday, I immediately called Jon Dunn to give him a heads up. Our conversation went something like this, “Hey, Jon, where are you”
“I’m in Conneault, Ohio.”
“Oh so you located the Black-tailed Gull? Well anyway there’s a Falcated Teal in California!”
“Of course it’s a duck…do you have it on your state list? Falcated Teal would be huge for my Big Year”
“Falcated Duck (true to form JLD is a stickler for correct pronunciation).
We discussed this topic for a few minutes then the conversation quickly turned to politics. Anyways, old habits die hard and I still call the duck by it’s old name, but it is as large as a Gadwall so Falcated Duck is much more appropriate than Falcated Teal. A handsome duck it was indeed, the green head glistened brightly in the sunlight. The tertial feathers on it’s backside flowed out and over the rump. A life bird and year-bird number 739 for me.
I’m spending the night at the home of my old high school buddy, John Sensenbaugh, who was kind enough to cook a great Italian dish. Tomorrow I take it easy though will meet Doug Koch and try to photograph the Ruff in southern Sonoma County. Then it’s preparation time for the Sunday pelagic trip where my target is Steller’s Albatross…errr…Short-tailed Albatross.