Introducing, back in the RGV for the thousandth winter in a row: The Green-Winged Teal! They're one of the many types of ducks that choose to spend the winter with us. Estero Llano Grande, the park I visit most frequently, is sort of a haven for these guys because they have three or four big ponds that are filled to the perfect depth for migrating and wintering ducks. I really enjoy when they're here. They make for easy bird watching and it's fun to watch them shed their less-exciting summer plumage and move into their "dress clothes" for winter and spring.
I took this picture today (November 3, 2012) on my afternoon bird walk at Estero Lllano Grande.