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!
A drake Mallard found himself a quiet corner of the marsh to do his daily preening of the feathers. Being Spring his colours are bright and shiny to impress the girls!
A Sandhill Crane preening.
A Mallard hen making herself pretty by keeping all the feathers neat and tidy.
When you have a long neck and a long bill, there’s always a spot that’s almost impossible to groom!
Here’s a drake Mallard preening. He remains as my number one duck right down to the curly little feather on his butt!