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.