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The head shape and the contrast between the rear flanks and the tail area suggests Gadwall to me.

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The underwing coloring, body and tail coloring as well shape all point to Gadwall. Hard to say 100% with blurry pictures but I can't imagine it being anything else

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Thanks!  Well, now I have had four species suggested - Pintail, Mallard, Gadwall, and black duck.  Someone mentioned that the white trailing edges to the secondaries rule out American Black Duck and point to Mallard.  Another person thought we would see white bellies in these photos if these were Gadwalls.

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They're not Northern Pintails and they're not Black Ducks. The shape and wing pattern aren't right for Pintail -- they would be more slender, with a longer tail and neck and gray at the leading edge of the wing. The bellies aren't dark enough for Black Ducks. The wing pattern and pale undertail coverts fit a female Mallard or a female Gadwall, and I'm not sure just how white the lower belly would look. The upper parts of the belly are in shadows, making it very hard to say. The white edges to the outer secondaries would fit female Mallard, but that's a tough call on a backlit bird -- the sun shining through the tip of the feather can make it seem pale. I don't see any white in the tail feathers, but they're hard to see here. The head shape fits Gadwall better to my eyes, but again, that's a tough call.

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I agree with Psweet's analysis and the only other Duck it could be is a female Mallard. Colors are hard to tell in these photos but the bottom duck in the third picture (The picture with three ducks) seems to show the white belly of a Gadwall. Gadwalls have smaller bills and rounder heads than mallards. This makes the mallard head look flatter and  more "aerodynamic" in flight.  these ducks seem to have thin bills and round heads like Gadwalls. However, I must admit the closer you look at blurry pictures the more stuff your mind can see or think it sees.

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