BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

QUIET PAIR (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

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I saw these ducks a little removed from a large group of noisy mallards.  Throughout the summer I noticed a few pairs of these ducks at the lake.  This particular afternoon they were enjoying a solitary swim. Less boisterous than the mallards, the calm water and the muted colours of the late fall seemed made for them. Although the same size and shape as mallards, their colouring makes me think they might be a mix of mallard and American Black Duck.

16 thoughts on “QUIET PAIR (THREE PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. Beautiful photos, Belinda. This is tricky identifying because there’s different stages of life and there could be some hybridization too, which is not uncommon in mallards. You captured their beauty so wonderfully.

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  2. Nice shots. They could also be juveniles. The male is starting to get some green on his head. Bill colors can vary. If not for the green, they are close to a Mottled duck, but their range is south costal – Florida to Texas, down into Mexico.

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  3. All are sweet… and especially like the top one with the reflection! 🙂

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  4. Apparently ducks aren’t all that discriminating and pairing often happens between species, creating a variety of hybrids. It can make IDing a challenge!

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  5. Very nice shots. Funny, no matter where we are, or what we photograph, it always returns to the humble duck. Beautiful birds.

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  6. Nice captures. I especially liek the second shot with the drop of water from the bill and the little flash of blue.

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  7. Mallards have a tendency to breed with other ducks. Lovely photographs both.

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  8. I love their yellow bill. I’ve never seen this duck. Thank you for sharing!!

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