Westham Island, Delta, BC, Canada
These “belly bucking” Northern Pintail drakes are getting ready to spar on this large pond. The battle was a brief one, although I noticed some feather pulling, lots of splashing, a bit of clawing and none-too-gentle feather pulling. Perhaps one of our mildest winters ever has really confused birds into early bouts of springtime (aggressive) behaviour. Photographed at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.