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Drake Mallard Ducks

I was happy to see several drake Mallard Ducks here on the little pond this past week.  I took these pictures on April 15, 2012 and again on April 21, 2012 in my yard.  The drake or male Mallard Ducks have an emerald-green head, grayish-brown back, blue and white patches on the wings (especially seen when the duck is flying), orange feet, and a dark brown tail.  The bill is usually a greenish-yellow or also an orange-yellow in color.  They are quite social and tend to quack a lot at times.  They are larger than many other ducks.  There is a hen Ring-Necked Duck here that is infatuated with one of the drake Mallard Ducks.  They have both lived here for the past few months.  She had a Ring-Necked drake suitor who apparently did not stay with her.  She is in a couple of the pictures shown today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Drake Mallard Ducks" (8)

  1. HI Linda, Great pictures of the Mallards… I’m thrilled that it is finally going to warm up a little… I’m so tired of the cold weather we’ve had this week. By August, I’ll be yearning for it… ha… (Wish we could bottle it for future use!!!! ha)

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, It just started to rain here. Very warm day but cooling a bit with the sprinkles. May be stormy later on. Don’t know. Have an excellent rest of the evening tonight and a very nice day tomorrow!

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i hope the female ring-neck at least keeps a companion! 🙂

    • Hi TexWisGirl, That duck is a party hen for sure. Ha! She is very infatuated with the Mallard drake that I wrote of. Have a wonderful evening tonight and a nice day tomorrow!

  3. Looks like you may have a mixed race romance blooming!!! Hmmm…wonder if they ever mate outside of their breeds, the babies would be interesting to see!

    • Hi Ginny, As a matter of fact, Mallards are more apt to mix with other ducks than most. Many farmers domesticate Mallards to cross them with other breeds. There are lots of these hybrids around in the wild as well. Many of the babies really look like the Mallards though crosses. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  4. Interesting situation with the ring-neck and the mallard!

    • Hi Montucky, That Ring-Neck hen just follows that Mallard drake around whenever he is here. I often see the two together. Something may have happened to the Mallard hen that was here in early Winter, or she moved along (unusual if the two had paired). Have a great day tomorrow!

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