Cinnamon Quest

Photographer Mike Drew takes readers on a beautiful journey in search of the elusive Cinnamon Teal via incredible photos and storytelling.

I was looking for cinnamon teal.

Cinnamon teal – the drakes, at least – are one of the most lovely birds we have around here. Their most obvious trait is their feather colour, a dark, orangey rust the colour of the ground-up bark of the cinnamon tree, that covers most of their body.

Their wings and tail are darker with longer plumes a shade of thick cream. Their bill and the top of their head is dark, the bill nearly black and the topknot shading to a chestnut brown. Their legs are orange. And their eyes are a bright, glowing red that looks lit from within.

They are absolutely stunning. And annoyingly hard to spot.

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