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 Post subject: Purple-headed Gadwall
PostPosted: Feb 05 1:00 am 
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Saw this unusual male Gadwall at a local pond in Surrey a few weeks ago. The sun wasn't shining much that day but the colours were still apparent.

This variant is not entirely unheard of and seems to be mostly a simple variation of the Gadwall type with the masked appearance. They're sometimes misidentified as a hybrid with wigeon or pintail.

Unfortunately he wasn't there the next day and I have not seen him since.

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Purple-Headed Gadwall by Frank Lin, on Flickr

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Gadwall - Pair (Purple-headed male) by Frank Lin, on Flickr

Purple-Headed Gadwall by Frank Lin, on Flickr

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Hello! Purple-Headed Gadwall by Frank Lin, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Purple-headed Gadwall
PostPosted: Feb 05 6:24 am 
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Neat duck!

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 Post subject: Re: Purple-headed Gadwall
PostPosted: Feb 05 11:00 am 
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Super find. Thanks so much for sharing.

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