Gadwall - A common widespread duck of open wetlands. Adult females resemble a Mallard but are slightly smaller. Although a scarce breeder they are also present in Britain and Ireland. A small breeding population are centered mostly around Lough Neagh and Wexford in Ireland. I have come across them myself in Co. Longford. The population is increasing I am pleased to say. It is a dabbling duck feeding on water vegetation. This duck is on the Eurasian and African Migratory Waterbirds Conservation list. I was fortunate enough to photograph these ducks in the Algarve at Quinta Do Lago in Portugal.
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