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Old Mar 11, 2005, 12:00 PM   #1
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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/GAD6.JPG[/img]

An unusual view of a Male Gadwall, trying to get some shuteye while keeping one eye on the photographer

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The Female Gadwall.

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The Male Gadwall is one of the few instances of a male being not as pretty as the female. With this duck, the male looks much like a female mallard - the beak color is a quick identification.

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The elegant female Gadwall

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Another look at the female Gadwall.

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Old Mar 11, 2005, 12:12 PM   #2
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This could be one of the first birds that I prefer the female's plumage to the males. Interesting. I haven't seen many of these and usually not very close up.

Thanks for posting.

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Old Mar 11, 2005, 12:28 PM   #3
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Hi Eric

I've taken a number of pictures of the male and happily labeled them "female mallard."

This fall I finally figured it out!

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Interesting stuff, Dave. That female is definitely more physically attractive than the male. These are great shots at clearly spotlighting this difference.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 4:18 AM   #5
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Really nice shots Dave. These shots have really got me itching for things to
thaw out here so the waterfowl come back.
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