Flying Gadwall couple

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Gadwalls flying along a stream. It was a fun day, walking along, looking for ducks to photograph, and some were very cooperative. I especially liked these two flying together.  Photo taken in January, 2017.

From Cornell Lab’s website: “Gadwall feed with other dabbling ducks, tipping forward to feed on submerged vegetation without diving. They sometimes steal food from flocks of diving ducks or coots. You’ll often see these ducks in pairs through the winter, because they select their mates for the breeding season as early as late fall. This widespread, adaptable duck has dramatically increased in numbers in North America since the 1980s.”

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