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anas platyrhynchos

  1. Mallard


    Abundant and widespread across the northern hemisphere, this is a female with a newly hatched brood. Waterfowl chicks are precocial, covered with down feathers, eyes open and feeding themselves immediately after hatching. Most birds have altricial young, hatched blind, naked, totally helpless...
  2. Mallard


  3. Mallard


  4. Mallard in snow

    Mallard in snow

    They don't seem to mind the cold or the snow. Ice, however, can be a mobility issue for them. I got a silly little video of Wigeons and Crows skidding about on the ice when it got even colder and the river froze.
  5. Mallard on flooded grass

    Mallard on flooded grass

    Mallard Duck enjoying flooded grass
  6. Rather monotone

    Rather monotone

    The colour of the water didn't really strike me at the time, I just thought it was nice looking at the two Mallard swimming across the loch. End of November did seem rather early to be pairing up though LOL
  7. Team Mallard

    Team Mallard

    A team water landing. I like how they splash forwards and backwards.
  8. Common and neglected.....Mallard

    Common and neglected.....Mallard

    Autumn colours in a lake
  9. Mallard


    A Mallard couple dabbling in a nearby river. That's not snow or ice near the shore, that's foam whipped up by the swiftly running water.
  10. Mallard


  11. Still before breakfast

    Still before breakfast

    Also out for a wander was a female Mallard with her two ducklings. Still very young too.
  12. Wood_Duck_and_Mallard.jpg


    Male Wood Duck dating female Mallard (since no female Wood Ducks around anyway!)
  13. I´am walking ...

    I´am walking ...

    The almost transparent dot, not a dust spot, at the tip of its beak, is called "nail". https://www.bird.bot/post/duck-bill#:~:text=The%20nail%20is%20a%20small%20bump%20on%20the,or%20shape%20that%20can%20help%20identify%20the%20duck. In adult males is it black. Females show a dark grey nail.
  14. Ducklings


    A break from the rain this afternoon. The opposite weather of the months before now. Plenty of rain.
  15. Having a wander

    Having a wander

    I made the long journey down to stay with my brother and his wife in South Wales (we were going to my nephew's wedding in Sussex as part of my trip). Anyway, close beside my brother's house is the Brecon Canal and I did a short walk along it one day. There was a family of Mallards who'd come...
  16. Mallard chicks (Anas platyrhynchos)

    Mallard chicks (Anas platyrhynchos)

    A brood of Mallard chicks (Anas platyrhynchos) just come out of the nest in the woods and are accompanied by their mother in the water with care and then disappear into a dense and hidden point on the shore !!!
  17. Duckling


    First brood there: After three days all nine ducklings predated. This brood: Seven of eleven are already taken.
  18. A male multi-tasking????

    A male multi-tasking????

    My friend and I spent an extended lunch break at my old patch "Up the Hill" on Sunday, quite a bit to be seen but this was a record shot taken through the windscreen of a couple of Mallards. It wasn't until I downloaded the pictures that I realised one was scratching his neck. A bit of...
  19. Mallard


  20. Mallard


    With several pair under a bridge on the river.
  21. Inching forward foot by foot.  Mallard

    Inching forward foot by foot. Mallard

  22. Forager


    Early January, we decided to go on a long ignored Loch of the Lowes, seemed to stop going there since the start of Covid. Also my friend wanted to try a monocular due to his failing sight. He managed to test it out first, through the window at the feeding station. A Mallard came through...
  23. Putative Intersex Mallard

    Putative Intersex Mallard

  24. Mallard


  25. Northern Mallard

    Northern Mallard

    Northern Mallard. Adult male. Probably a hybrid. This loner was hanging around with some Pacific Black Ducks, a species they commonly cross-breed with.