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I haven't seen much of this type around Washington, mostly maybe because I don't tend to notice the minor differences. This one was found in the Union Bay Natural Area, near other Mallards.

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Gadwall - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
anita363's ID: Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Posted by anita363 about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Interesting bird. I feel safe saying basically Gadwall rather than Mallard. It's a male (black tail coverts), & it has no trace of the curly tail feathers always found on a male mallard, even in all the domestic color variants. But the plumage looks 'off', with such strong pale areas (even accounting for overexposure), & male Gadwall should have an all-dark bill; bill is more like the female pattern. I don't know the various plumages well, but I'd think that time of year rules out both immature and eclipse male.

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Gadwall - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
lhuynh10's ID: Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Posted by lhuynh10 about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Gadwall - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tewksjj's ID: Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Posted by tewksjj almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Gadwall - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
lhuynh10's ID: Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Gadwall - Photo (c) Luciano Giussani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Gadwall (Anas strepera)
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