This foursome of hen Mallard Ducks were happily paddling in a larger and deeper version of the rainfall collection basins that are scattered around the neighborhoods in this development. This basin is just off of one of the golf courses and is in a still-to-be-built neighborhood here. The hens are a streaky tan with blue patches on their wings and have a yellow-orange bill, legs and feet.
These hens likely are young adults and will find a handsome drake to pair-up with soon. There are not too many ducks here in this development but we are about eight miles from a small river and there is a large lake and another river about twenty-five miles from our community. Among a few other things, Mallards eat insects, tadpoles, grains of several kinds, and a several types of water plants. Mallard Ducks fly well and dabble shallowly, mostly in fresh water. By the way, sometimes ducks that seem to be Mallard Ducks are actually not pure-bred and are hybrids between Mallards and say, Black Ducks or other similar-looking breeds of duck. I took these pictures on July 6, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!