Blue-Winged Teals

This gallery contains 3 photos. I’ve only met the Blue-Winged Teals this year … the first one at Iona Island, followed by 9 at Reifel, and 4 more at Piper Spit; each encounter brought me progressively closer to these summering migrants! This last set was photographed at Burnaby Lake on May 31.

A Blue-Winged Teal Drakea good shot of the blue feathers for which the Blue-Winged teal is named.
f/6.3, 1/1000, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400

Like their Gadwall counterparts, Blue-Winged Teal drakes dress conservatively for their women. No flashy feathers are necessary (except for that solitary white stripe between their eyes and bills) — just plenty of personality!

Blue-Winged Tealseven without flashy feathers and colours, this is one photogenic pair!
f/6.3, 1/1000, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400

However, after these chance closeup encounters at Burnaby Lake, I have not seen any more Blue-Winged Teals elsewhere in Metro Vancouver. These tiny dabblers and long-distant migrants spend their winters in Central and South America, and they are often the first duck species to head south.

A Blue-Winged Teal Drakelook at that cute little questioning face!
f/6.3, 1/1000, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400


47 thoughts on “Blue-Winged Teals

  1. Hello my friend! Many apologies for my long silence. It’s been a hectic time here in Tokyo, and I’ve had to take care of some things. But in spite of everything, I’ve made it a point to always keep up with your amazing photography. As always, thank you so much for sharing the beauty, and for the inspiration!

    Warm wishes always,

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    • thank you, Takami! no apologies needed — I understand that we are engaged with important matters on both sides of the Pacific! 🙂

      cheers, and I look forward to more posts from your blog! 🙂



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