Teal in the Estuary

Teal in the Estuary woodcut

Teal in the Estuary is the latest series I am working on. These are the first two prints from this series. I will add more here as I finish them.

Teal are one of the smallest and fastest flying ducks which come to our shores. They arrive in winter as it is warmer here than in the arctic north and there is more food. When the days lengthen again in March or April they will head back north to nest.

No. 1 Teal in the Estuary

They are a pretty little duck, the males especially with a teal stripe on a chestnut head. Both the male and the female have a distinctive teal green wing patch. They jinx this way and that, so I love watching the teal in the estuary to-ing and fro-ing along the edge of the salt marsh. On this stretch of coast there are three starboard-hand buoys so shipping can safely navigate into Royal Portbury Docks. So it is a frequent sight to see the teal passing these green buoys.