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Gadwall? - Guangxi, China (1 Viewer)

mzwebby

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Small freshwater reservoir in Guangxi, China in November 2021.

This single individual was by itself then swam with Pintails for a bit. I believe it to be a Gadwall, as it didn't have the slender profile of the Pintails. While it lacks the gray plumage and black rear of an alternate plumage male, I'm guessing this might be an eclipse plumage? male, since it has a dark (not orange/black) bill?

Appreciate confirmation or corrections. Sorry about the low-quality photos.
Thanks,
Mike
 

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mzwebby

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I think it's a female Falcated Duck.
Oh interesting! I've never observed Falcated Duck before, and hadn't really considered it because I was thinking that it would be more of a smaller teal size. Having looked up the size of Falcated and some photos, I agree. As always, thanks so much for steering me in the right direction. Always learning! -Mike
 

mzwebby

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Thanks for the previous help on the ID. Am I correct that this duck seen a week later at the same location is also a female Falcated Duck?

Mike
 

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