All about Gadwall
Smaller than a mallard, they have a grey looking head. When seen up close, the male has a finely barred or freckled plumage that appears grey at a distance. The rear part of the body and tail are black and they have a white patch on their sides which can be seen when they swim or rest.
You will see gadwall tipping over for food with their tails and feet in the air or bending down to grab underwater vegetation with their long necks and beaks. Although they are mostly vegetarians, females and young do eat insect larvae, insects, shrimp, crabs, and even small fish and frogs.