BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

IT’S ALL RELATIVE

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American Black Ducks are becoming more common on our waterways although still not as numerous as Mallards. A little more reclusive than the gregarious mallard I often see them alone or in pairs. They can interbreed and compete for the same food. This lake has a lot of fallen trees so there are many opportunities for photos such as this.

22 thoughts on “IT’S ALL RELATIVE

  1. A super capture, Belinda. I’ve never seen these ducks before. It’s mostly mallards around here.

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  2. Precious little thing.

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  3. Sweet birds but i hope that they don’t interbreed so much with Mallards that the green goes! 🙂

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  4. Incredible quality! Awesome!

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  5. I’m sorry to see the ducks interbreed. I’d hate to lose either the black duck or the mallard. It’s nice that they’re friends, but….
    Your photo is precious. The duck has character in his stance and the background is rich. (I had to look up the ID for male or female and found that the drake has a yellow bill and the hen has an olive-coloured bill.)

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  6. Such interspecies quackery…. ❤️

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  7. We don’t have American Black Ducks on the west coast, so it’s fun for me to look at this lovely photo, Belinda. I love how he is stepping on his own other foot.

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  8. Nice! Ducks are fun photo subjects. Like your composition!

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  9. Are these American Black Ducks not indigenous to Canada then? Mallards, as beautiful as they are – and probably imported years ago for that reason – have proved to be a threat to some South African duck species. Not only are they aggressive, but they interbreed and – as you mention – compete for the same food.

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