A group of four Mallard Ducks reluctantly joined that lone Bufflehead drake a week ago on the little farm pond. The drake Bufflehead spotted the much larger Mallard Ducks and wanted to say hello. I wish I could say that the Mallards were hospitable, but basically they just acknowledged the presence of the little white and black duck and then ignored it. The ducks did spend a moment doing some preening or grooming their feathers. That preening is very important as the feathers must stay clean in order to help the ducks float and also stay warm. I took these pictures last week in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
February 19, 2013