This gallery contains 3 photos. When my eyes fell on this pair, I thought, “Gee, the male looks a bit odd. He’s not flashy like most males of the avian world tend to be, but sparingly sports colours, and his breast has an interesting fan-like pattern to it.” These are Gadwall ducks.
These two were quite accustomed to humans swooping down to the bank of the pond to photograph them. So they just went about their business of preening their feathers as if we were not there.
This is a solo portrait of the male. Both were photographed at VanDusen Botanical Garden last month in a rather secretive spot that also ‘hosted’ a couple of Red-Eared Slider Turtles and a pair of Canada Geese. All did their best to pointedly ignore us.