Another week, another life bird (perhaps) – but I would like to confirm by sounding your duck identification expertise, gentle reader.
Here are two photos taken at about the same time and the same place: on a pond in Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, BC, Canada (I haven’t retouched them except to make both a bit sharper). I believe these are two different species: let me know if you agree and if so, what you think they are. A major clue: they are both adult male wigeons. One is quite common in the Northwest corner of North America, the other one is not.
UPDATE: I thought you should know that I have indeed decided the top bird (no. 1) is a Eurasian Wigeon. The second (or no. 2) is his American cousin, which is quite abundant in the Greater Vancouver region.