Nature Through My Lens

Mallard

Looking to the Future

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A drake Mallard (Anas platyrhychos) looks out across the water of Mill Lake. I’m always amazed how that Green head can change colour in the light!


Nap Time

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A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhychos) found a quite log to have an afternoon nap on!


Two Boys, Two Girls

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Two pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhychos) Probably the most familiar duck in the world. They are litterally everywhere and do pretty well everywhere they go.


Hmmm, Fancy That!

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A hen Mallard (Anas platyrhychos) preening her feathers! Preening is important to birds, especially birds like Ducks who have to keep their feathers ship shape to keep the cold and wet away!


Ducks in a Row

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Is there anything cuter that a cluster of Mallard ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos)


Ditch Ducks

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A pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) on the side of a reasonably busy road. It seems they have made their Spring home in the ditch below. Both stood calmly while we drove by. I took the shot out the window of the car!


Her Own Sunlight

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A pretty Mallard hen (Anas platyrhynchos) has found her own spot of sunlight to bring out her best.


Slip Sliding Away

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A pair of Mallards having a bit of a job walking across the pond where they usually swim!


Take Five

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A Mallard hen having a little rest 

 


Taking the Sun

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A pair of Mallard hens

take in the sun.

Is there anything better than to close your eyes and soak up the warmth

 


Another Proud One

A Mallard drake showing off his stuff!

A Mallard drake showing off his stuff!


Lovely Lady

This lovely lady has had her nose in the mud, but that’s why she called a dabbling duck.

Ducky Salute!


Here’s you Ducky Salute of the Day!


Mouthy Mallard

“Hey Kid, Make with the seed, Quack!!!”

Honey You In There??


“Honey Duckie, you in there?”


Another sleepy Mallard


Sitting on his favorite log, this Mallard was having a real tough time keeping his eyes open. But it was a great afternoon for a nap in the sun.


Salute of the Day


A one gun salute from the admiral of ducks!


Attack Duck


This Mallard appears to be taking up an attack posture. He is actually feeding off the top of the water, sifting water through his bill. He’s certainly got himself stretched out!


A Widgeon & a Mallard


An American Widgeon and a Mallard out for a stroll in the parking lot of the Bird Sanctuary. Signs like this are encouraging, as one hasn’t even got through the gate yet!