This video from England says about itself:
I put this video together because I used to find it difficult to identify a gadwall amongst a flock of female mallards.
Both the male and female gadwall have a white patch at the base of the hind wing. The female mallard has a blue patch in the same place. This is the easiest way to tell them apart particularly at a distance.
Video was taken at Slimbridge WWT in March 2008.
Today, again to where the Baillon’s crakes’ nest used to be.
If, as I hope, the young have survived, by now they are the same size as their parents, able to fly, and preparing their September migration to Africa. So, it is not surprising that I did not see Baillon’s crakes today.
Three great cormorants sitting on the windmill’s sails. One of them spreading its wings in order to dry them.
A little grebe flying just above the water, with its feet hanging behind it. It lands in the water.
No waders here at the moment. Maybe because there has been a lot of rain, making the water surface rise and making the mudflats surface smaller.
Today it is mostly sunny, with rain for a few seconds while the sun keeps shining.
Many barn swallows flying.
Two shoveler ducks.
A bit further, along the footpath, domestic geese plus two Canada geese.
On a mudflat, lesser black-backed gulls and black-headed gulls. And a snipe looking for food.
A female tufted duck. Three lapwings.
A painted lady butterfly on a thistle flower. The Dutch name of this species is “distelvlinder”, thistle butterfly. A bit further, thistles where the flowers have already changed to thistledown. This attracts scores of “distelvinken”, literally: thistle finches; goldfinches in English.
An adult great crested grebe with a juvenile. Two adult mute swans with six greyish youngsters.
I arrive back at the bridge. The mole, which was lying in the grass an hour ago, lies on the footpath now. Probably a magpie flying away, which may haven been eating from it, is the cause of this.
How Moles Survive Subterranean Life: A special blood adaptation lets them inhale the same air they exhale: here.
Silver thistle photos: here.