Mallard Ducks are one of the most commonly seen ducks here. These ducks are found on small ponds, community lakes, and along the streams in the area. There are four or five Mallards here on the pond. They happily paddle around and grab insects, smaller aquatic animals and seeds, berries, and pond weeds. They eat many different types of foods. The drake or male is the one with the brilliant emerald-green or blue-green head and neck. The hen is a sandy-brown with dark brown streaks. Mallards are super quick birds and will take off if frightened by predators or sometimes, people. Usually though, Mallards are pretty easy-going about people being around. I took these pictures on Jan. 4, 2013 here in the yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture in the gallery. Enjoy!
January 6, 2013