This gallery contains 2 photos. I did not expect to get so close to Green Winged Teals. These diminutive dabbling ducks (the smallest species in North America) seem to prefer the sanctuary of remote areas to nest, eat, and flock. Photographed at Piper Spit/Burnaby Lake on November 1.
For their small size, though, Green Winged Teals can be surprisingly aggressive … they will not hesitate to push others of their own kind around, as well as the bigger ducks. On more than one occasion, we saw the males scrapping, and not always over food sources.