Gadwalls in Chapel Pill

It was a treat to see a pair of gadwalls deep down in Chapel Pill at low tide.

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The male boasts some exquisitely barred brown-grey plumage whilst the browner female is very similar to a female mallard.

 

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In flight their white wing patches help to identify them . . .

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. . . and the male has some glorious chestnut-russet wing feathers which positively glow in sunlight.

IMG_3138It may not be as striking as a teal or wigeon but I still have a soft spot for this “somewhat low-profile” duck.

 

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