Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gadwall.


When seen from a distance you would be forgiven for thinking this is just a greyish-brown dabbling duck but only by getting up close to a Gadwall (Anas strepera) can you begin to appreciate its understated elegance.

Whilst the male lacks the gaudy plumage of many other drakes it is the finely vermiculated grey body; the peppery markings on the crown and breast; brown plumes over its back plus its distinctive black rear end that sets it apart from other duck species.



Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

20 comments:

  1. absolutely! i think they're complex and beautiful!

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  2. A lovely duck. When I was out the other day with my bird class we saw several pairs at a lake.

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  3. Spot on Frank. It's one of my favourite ducks due to its subtle beauty. Really needs to be seen close up to appreciate it fully. Great pictures as usual.

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  4. Mother Nature amazes us all the time with such wonderful patterns.

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  5. Beautifully fine detail on those feathers.

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  6. Stunning photos and a beautiful bird.

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  7. Great photos showing that beautiful plumage. As you said - very elegant indeed!

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  8. Pretty series on the Gadwall.. I guess the winter ducks are moving back in.. Great photos.

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  9. Excellent! Love those feather patterns!

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  10. Gorgeous plumage! Fabulous shots!

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  11. Really lovely, Frank; understated elegance indeed.

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  12. Great shots of lovely birds.

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  13. The Gadwells plumage is stunning. great set of pics Frank!

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  14. I love ducks. The herringbone is beautiful too.

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  15. It really is a beautiful duck! Love the feather patterns!

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  16. Such a pretty guy - with beautiful markings!

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  17. One of my favourite species. Like you say there's just so much detail in their plumage.

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  18. Very lovely Frank of these ducks.

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