Green-winged Teals are about half the size of Mallards. While most of our ducks prefer to float in the water or sun themselves on dryer ground, green-winged teals are always near mud. It can be difficult to photograph them with their heads out of the mud. This is because their diet is mainly aquatic invertebrates and seeds.
We found two during this morning’s rainy walk at Humber Bay.
Males are quite spectacular in appearance between November and June.
Humber Bay scenes:
The kids really have a lot to learn, don’t they?
A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October. – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)