At first glance, these big gray-brown ducks are less than spectacular, compared — just for example — to the common Mallard... But look closer at the male's velvety feathers and striking black tail, and at the female's crisp plumage.
|Female Gadwall rising in the water, dusk in the Wascana Waterfowl Park © SB|
|Gadwalls at dusk in the Wascana Waterfowl Park © SB|
|Male Gadwall in clearer lighting, near Lumsden, SK © SB|
What are these? Gadwalls.
Location: (top), Wascana Park, Regina, and (bottom) near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: Top two: May 30, 2014; bottom, April 21, 2012.