It appears that this pair of Gadwalls, a male on the left and a female on the right are sharing a close moment. Gadwalls are unusual in the duck world in that the male is not brightly colored. It is that time of year, and many birds will be seen pairing up. I took this photo yesterday while birding at the Fairview Wetlands in Salem. For more, check out the TRIP JOURNAL and CRITTERS sections.