Gadwall (Anas srepera)

The Gadwall is a very handsome duck! A little larger than its relatives, it has this wonderful mottled appearance with a distinctive white patch in the black of the rear end.

This is another duck that is more common in winter in Dorset and is very much a fresh water bird. It is usually seen in the company of other ducks, especially Mallard.

They strike me as being a very serene, calm bird. They float regally around surveying the scene and rarely make a fuss or any noise.

This is a duck that seems to have grown in numbers in recent years, I certainly see them more often these days than I once did when I started birding.

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