Who’s The Fairest Of Them All — Part IV
I really don’t have a favorite species of duck. They’re all beautiful, in my opinion, and the different plumage exhibited by various species makes them enormous fun to photograph. Tonight I’m featuring a fourth species of duck that winters in the Tucson area. This is the Gadwall.
Gadwalls are dabblers, like the other species of ducks that I’ve shown so far, meaning that they feed on the surface and by submerging their heads and the upper parts of their bodies in the water without diving below the surface. In my opinion, they manifest a subtle beauty that contrasts with the brilliant colors shown by some other species. Male Gadwalls have plumage that is colored an intricate salt and pepper pattern, black on pale gray. But, that plumage is graced by gorgeous copper colored accents on the birds’ outer wings and by deep green plumage at the rear.
One frequently sees these beautiful ducks swimming in small flocks, like the group depicted here. The females are a bit smaller than themeless and are somewhat drably colored. It’s not unusual to see Gadwalls swimming among other species, like Green-winged Teal or American Wigeons.
I really admire these lovely ducks and enjoy photographing them whenever I have the opportunity to do so. They’re not as common in the Tucson area as are some other species. I may see one or two of these for every 25 Northern Shovelers that I spot. So, seeing them and photographing them is a special treat for me.
Images made with a Canon 5D iii, 400 DO, aperture priority setting. The first and third images shot at ISO 250. The first image, f5 @ 1/1000. The third image, f7.1 @ 1/640. The second image shot at ISO 1250, f6.3 @ 1/500.