Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ducks Came to Visit

A pair of mallards have been visiting out bird feeder twice a day.

I focused on the front duck.

I focused on the back duck.

The ducks are on the same plane so my focus is on both.

More than you wanted to know:

The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south.

The breeding male is unmistakable, with a green head, black rear end and a yellow bill tipped with black (as opposed to the dark brown bill in females). The female Mallard is light brown, like most female dabbling ducks.

Mallards form pairs only until the female lays eggs, at which time she is left by the male. Mallard is the ancestor of almost all of the varieties of domestic ducks.

1 comment:

theCloth said...

That's terrible, to use the males like that. Ha, ha, ha, ....