Blue-winged Teal

A great day today. The first time in over a year I went to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands to take photos of birds. Having been vaccinated sure is liberating. Today, the place was overrun with Wood Storks nesting. By mid-April, the fledglings should be popping out of the nests. Although I did take pictures of these gigantic birds, I was looking for something different. And, boy did I find some other interesting birds, including this male Blue-winged Teal.

This guy was enjoying the early morning sunshine with his mate looking for his breakfast. Teals are one of the latest ducks to migrate north and are found in Florida in their non-breeding form. They inhabit ponds and wetlands. Notice the white crescent in front of the eye and the black bill typical of these dabblers.

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