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    Default Male Gadwall?

    These images were taken in August. I believe they are of a male Gadwall. Can anyone please confirm?






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    Sorry, no, they're Mallards. Top one is a female (orange-and-brown beak), second is an eclipse drake (yellow beak).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelF View Post
    Sorry, no, they're Mallards. Top one is a female (orange-and-brown beak), second is an eclipse drake (yellow beak).
    Thanks Michael. What had thrown me was the lack of speculum colour, dark bill top and orange sides to bill in the first image. Also these would be in summer plumage (August). The problem with Mallards is that they readily will breed with other fowl (including farmyard fowl) and so the result is a wide variety from the standard.

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    Peter,

    Michael is spot-on with his ID.
    Nearly all ducks would be in eclipse plumage in August rather than full breeding plumage which can cause confusion for less experienced birders, and I can't see any evidence of hybridisation.

    Kev

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Hewitt View Post
    Peter,

    Michael is spot-on with his ID.
    Nearly all ducks would be in eclipse plumage in August rather than full breeding plumage which can cause confusion for less experienced birders, and I can't see any evidence of hybridisation.

    Kev
    Thanks Kev. I was not convinced myself when I processed these images and hence the question. Some how I had it in my mind that the transistion took place later but there you are. It only goes to show the usefulness in being able to share images and get opinions. These are definately ticked off as Mallard.

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    Hello Peter,

    Pleased to see you posting again.

    Plumage apart, the 'structure' of your birds is entirely wrong for Gadwall.

    Here is a real one - certainly my favourite duck, and (this image was taken on 11th September) not quite as prone to going into drab eclipse plumage as some duck species.


    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Key View Post
    Hello Peter,

    Pleased to see you posting again.

    Plumage apart, the 'structure' of your birds is entirely wrong for Gadwall.

    Here is a real one - certainly my favourite duck, and (this image was taken on 11th September) not quite as prone to going into drab eclipse plumage as some duck species.


    All the best,

    Colin
    Cheers Colin - It has been a long while I know and I shall have revise again.
    Thanks for posting your image which shows the bird in winter plumage. Much nicer than the summer plumage depicted in my bird guide which is drab in comparison.

    Good to hear from you again. I have missed the chats on this forum. I shall not be posting into the gallery until the upload issue is sorted. This is OK for now though.

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