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Rivals driven away

Mýtvatn is the place in Iceland where you can expect to see the Gadwall (Anas strepera). They can very often be seen in pairs because they find their mate as early as late autumn and stay together the whole winter.

Gargönd – Gadwall – Anas strepera

Here we see a male vigorously chasing a  rival away from his mate.
The Gadwall is known for stealing food from other ducks. They are  widespread and increasing in numbers. In Iceland they mainly breed in the North, around Mývatn.


The Gadwall

The Gadwall (Anas strepera) is a dabbling duck like the Mallard. It is uncommon in Iceland except around Mývatn in the North. In the winter time and also in the migration time in spring this beautiful duck can sometimes be seen in the South.

Gargönd – Gadwall – Anas strepera

The breeding population is estimated around 500 pairs.


This Gadwall was on the Pond in Reykjavík.