Grey Teal; Tete (Anas gracilis)

Native.

The grey teal is seen on the river, mostly at dawn and dusk. It seeks refuge in the estuary during the shooting season (starting in May).

The grey teal is a small dabbling duck with a dark crown and a pale throat and cheek. The eye is red and the beak and legs are black. It can be distinguished from the grey and mallard ducks by its lack of face stripes and its smaller size.

 

It's generally found on shallow fresh water with plenty of cover. It flies with a quick wingbeat. Although it isn't a gamebird, it is often mistaken for a grey duck or shoveler and shot.