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  • Beth
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2019, 00:26
This is a good, crisp capture. I love his green head.
Bill Phillips: It is somewhat iridescent Beth
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jul 2019, 01:16
A lovely duck in its green lagoon.
Bill Phillips: He seems content with his lot Ray
Joli colvert avec son reflet.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Martine
And such a pretty one!! Lovely shot!
Bill Phillips: A fine specimen
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2019, 05:53
Another beautiful image in every respect!
Bill Phillips: Pleased you like it Philine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2019, 06:20
...and run!
Bill Phillips: Two comments today
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk where the sun rises first in England
  • 25 Jul 2019, 08:24
Mad moody male mallard with misogynistic tendencies
Bill Phillips: You need to get out more comrade
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Jul 2019, 08:28
The colours work in a pleasing way here Bill.
Bill Phillips: I am all in favour of things working in a pleasing way Chad
Nice orange sauce and roast potatoes is what I see.
Bill Phillips: Mallard and roast spuds???
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2019, 10:48
The mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck that breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa and has been introduced to New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Falkland Islands, and South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on their wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black or iridescent blue feathers called a speculum on their wings; males especially tend to have blue speculum feathers. The mallard is 50–65 cm (20–26 in) long, of which the body makes up around two-thirds the length. The wingspan is 81–98 cm (32–39 in) and the bill is 4.4 to 6.1 cm (1.7 to 2.4 in) long. It is often slightly heavier than most other dabbling ducks, weighing 0.72–1.58 kg (1.6–3.5 lb). Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes. This species is the main ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks.

The female lays eight to 13 creamy white to greenish-buff spotless eggs, on alternate days. Incubation takes 27 to 28 days and fledging takes 50 to 60 days. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch.

The mallard is considered to be a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Unlike many waterfowl, mallards are considered an invasive species in some regions. It is a very adaptable species, being able to live and even thrive in urban areas which may have supported more localised, sensitive species of waterfowl before development. The non-migratory mallard interbreeds with indigenous wild ducks of closely related species through genetic pollution by producing fertile offspring. Complete hybridisation of various species of wild duck gene pools could result in the extinction of many indigenous waterfowl. The wild mallard is the ancestor of most domestic ducks, and its naturally evolved wild gene pool gets genetically polluted by the domesticated and feral mallard populations.
Bill Phillips: Well fancy that
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2019, 12:00
Cor - don't Alan kno a lot!
Bill Phillips: an encyclopaedia of information and he knows how to ride a bike
The head of the Duck and its reflection are rather nice.
Bill Phillips: I am pleased you think so Brian

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