Another of the ducks we saw while out and about on Tuesday. It was riding the waves on Rondeau Bay.
Anas strepera We don’t tend to think of ducks as pirates, but Gadwall often snatch food from diving ducks as they surface. This widespread, adaptable duck has dramatically increased in numbers in North America since the 1980s. source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Gadwall/lifehistory
Spotted this American Coot in a drainage ditch, seems he know the hokey pokey.
"Now put your right foot in
Your right foot out
Right foot in
Then you shake it all about"
Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck. Instead, each one of the coot’s long toes has broad lobes of skin that help it kick through the water. The broad lobes fold back each time the bird lifts its foot, so it doesn’t impede walking on dry land, though it supports the bird’s weight on mucky ground.
A number of ducks were in a small cove at the shore due to big waves on the bay.
There was a group of wigeon that stayed reasonably close to shore giving me a photo op.
The American Wigeon's short bill enables it to exert more force at the bill tip than other dabbling ducks, thus permitting efficient dislodging and plucking of vegetation.