Blue-wing Teal

15 - BWTs - blue

I am always excited to see a Blue-wing Teal.  I never saw one growing up on Long Island; I saw my first one – a full plumage drake – at Montezuma NWR when I was in college.  We also saw flocks of them when we would hunt Open & Lower Lakes WMA in St. Lawrence County.  For many of our earlier years there, a 2-bird Teal Bonus was in effect and so we brought a few home with us on many hunts.  Whether in fall or spring, the flashing powder blue wing coverts always bring a smile to my face.

WS - BW Teal pair

Here is a pair that may have been the first decoys I painted with oils.  As is typical of my style, I tried to mix pure, hard-edged geometric or organic shapes with softer, more naturalistic portions of the plumage.

WS - Preening BWT Drake - 2008

I did this preening Drake as part of a tradition:  my gunning partners get a mantelpiece bird from me on their 50th birthdays.  Although I did not actually drop the wing, I did expose a lot of the speculum and coverts – just for the flash.

WS - BW Teal - 12 March 2011 - FINAL

On this Drake, I had fun tying the curves of the coverts and speculum into the flank patch.  Also, although it cannot be seen from this perspective, I painted “horns” on the bottom of the facial crescents – inspired by the helmets of the Minnesota Vikings.

LOGO Butterball - small

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