Blue-Winged Teal

As I’ve repeated too many times, I’m sure, one of the real pleasures of birding is that when you visit different parts of the country you are apt to see birds you never see locally. On the last visit to Colorado, I got some great shots of spotted this male Blue-Winged Teal feeding in a shallow pond.

He was apparently so used to the constant stream of visitors to the lake that he surprised me by leaving the water and walking right past me.

This female Blue-Winged Teal with ducklings was a little shyer.

Not as exciting as seeing the baby Killdeer or seeing the juvenile Avocet, getting the best shot I've ever gotten of a Blue-Winged Teal capped our visit to Broomfield's East Lake Shores Park.