This gallery contains 2 photos. This rarely seen migrant was making himself quite at home in the new pond at Centennial Beach (the six Bald Eagles roosting in the trees nearby clearly didn’t bother him!) I happened to have my camera pointed in his direction when he suddenly decided to test his wings out.
It’s a Eurasian Wigeon! This handsome drake flew in with three American Wigeon drakes at Centennial Beach, literally crashing the party when I was photographing the equally unexpected co-ed flock of six Hooded Mergansers. His reddish-orange head and golden crown really stood out. This is my second encounter with this stranger–and the closest (still some 20 feet away). Taken at Centennial Beach / Boundary Bay Regional Park on an eventful February 10.