GADWALL – (Anas strepera)
The Gadwall is a wading duck at around 50 cm (18 in.) long. .As opposed to other drake species, the gadwall drake is not harbouring vivid colors, but is simply grey with striated brown, and a back area around the tail. Females are similar to mallard females, with striated plumage of two tones of brown. Both sexes have a white wing bar. The bill is dark on top and orange under, and the legs are orange.
Gadwalls breed mainly on small islands in fresh or salt-water marshes or ponds. This duck hunts for insects and arthropods at the bottom of water, sometimes stealing food from diving ducks when those resurface.
Gadwalls breed in PEI and are fairly common on the island. They also breed inland in Canada and the USA, as well as in northern parts of Europe and Asia. The gadwall migrates to the southeast USA and Mexico for the winter.
This bird is among the most hunted ducks but their numbers have actually increased in North America, thanks to sustainable hunting practices and habitat preservation.