Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mallards, September 21, 2016

Male Mallard Ducks, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, September 12, 2016
Mallard Ducks, Anas platyrhynchos, can be found in many places around the world. They are able to breed with other duck species, creating hybrids that may outnumber the native ducks. As usual in the bird world, the males are more colorful than the females.

Female Mallard Duck, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, September 12, 2016
The females lay 8 to 10 eggs in a down-lined nest hidden in marsh grass or a brush pile near the shore of a pond, lake, or marsh. Soon after the female begins incubation of the eggs, the male abandons her and does not help with raising the ducklings. Mallards eat fish and other water creatures, and may graze on grass and grain.

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  1. Great shots of these cute ducks on the water. I could look at them for hours.

  2. Hello, great shots of the ducks. I love the reflections. Have a happy day!

  3. Lovely to see your mallards - I saw some last week at the waterfowl park not too far from me. The green heads of the males were particularly striking in the morning sunshine. They are elegant ducks.

  4. I love the colours of males head. We have a problem here with these breeding with out pacific black ducks.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne


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