I headed to Sterling Peat after work Tuesday in hopes for the three reported Blue-winged Teal. I'd make way to an area where I could see quite a few puddle ducks and be very happy to find two teal mixed in with some Mallards.
Not the best pictures but I didn't get any closer (despite them appearing tame), as I know it's a bird many are chasing and I didn't want to be the one to chase the birds away from the chasers! ;-). Despite the quality of the photo note the "chalky blue" on the forewing (how the Peterson Guide refers to it) which I thought was the perfect name for the color I saw of the blue on the bird to the right who was kind enough to flash me its wings!
I'd spend some time really studying these birds and trying to differentiate them from how I see Green-winged Teal and besides the blue, I also noticed the size of the bill differed as well as the color as it appeared almost gray to me. I also noticed the darker plumage on the back which I've never seen much on Green-winged Teal.
My new favorite Sterling Peat friend would nearby as I think it's the tamest Green Heron I've ever encountered which allowed me a couple of really decent shots!
What a handsome juve!
Walking right past me! It was so close I'd wonder if it saw me but it did give me the "eyeball" here and there so guessing it did, but is probably so close to birders and people who fish so it doesn't play much attention to the human species. ;-)