Feb 052014
 
Gadwall - Dabbling

These attractive little ducks are known as Gadwalls. Male and female Gadwalls are present in the congregation and are easy to tell from one another because the females have orange on their bills whereas the male’s bill is uniformly black. The male Gadwalls in these pictures are displaying various stages of breeding plumage development. Some

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Nov 082013
 
Gadwall - At Schiff Lake

Several flights of Gadwalls observed at Schiff Lake in The Colony, Texas. Observations Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Nov 7, 2009 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Water-Lake Type of Behavior – Congregating Gender – Mixed Maturity – Adult Observer –

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Mar 062013
 
Gadwall - Leucistic

This unique sighting comes to us from a fellow outdoorsman, and it is just the kind of observation I really like. What we have here is a leucistic Gadwall—a duck lacking in normal pigmentation. The expected coloration for this Gadwall can be seen on his associates. Browns, grays, black, and white. On the leucistic bird

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Jan 252013
 
Gadwall - Skyfall

Ducks are made for swimming. They are not graceful flyers, and they are even worse landers. These Gadwalls were photographed as they made their approach to our neighborhood Beaver pond. The group circled the water several times, as if they were trying to work up the nerve to attempt a landing. One by one the

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Jan 192013
 
Gadwall - Group

These Gadwalls were observed in Carrollton’s Nob Hill Greenbelt Park. A group of three male Gadwalls was seen first. They were soon joined by a female Gadwall and then a male and female American Wigeon. These pictures were taken on December 26. The temperature on this day was frigid and there was still snow on

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Dec 102012
 
Gadwall - Dabbling

This group of male and female Gadwalls was videoed in a small Beaver Pond in Carrollton, Texas. The ducks were engaging in a behavior known as dabbling. The birds would periodically tip themselves into a head-down position in order to feed on submerged aquatic vegetation. Observation Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date –

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Nov 072012
 
Gadwall - Riverbend

Gadwalls circling one of the many small lakes adjacent to the levy in the Trinity River Greenbelt Riverbend Preserve. Observations Details County – Dallas City – Unincorporated Date – Oct 28, 2012 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Flying Gender – Mixed

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