Mallard ducks in the park-duck pictures

One of the park's attractions in my city are the mallard ducks swimming in the calm water of the lake.
They are very noisy but their beautiful colors compensate for the shouting quack.
Male and female ducks usually look very different.
This is a female mallard duck. Though, her mottled brown plumage is not as beautiful as the drake's, she still has a white tail and iridescent purple-blue wing feathers that are visible as a patch on her sides.Mallard+female+duck+close-upAnd this is the male mallard, or drake.
With his green head, white neck ring, chestnut colored breast and yellow bill is the more distinctively colored of the mallards. He also has two dark tail feathers with an upward curl.
Mallard mail duck close-up
Mallard duck grooming itself.Mail Mallard duck grooming itselfPeople are feeding bread to the ducks so they come closer. Unfortunately, this is a very bad habit as the ducks become dependent on human handouts or they eat too much and unhealthy, like the duck bellow.A duck and a pigeon side by sideThe water is cold, so this mallard duck pair decided to take a rest and warm up a little.
Resting duck pairVisit the Mallard family with the new baby ducks settled in our Botanical Garden.

10 comments:

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

These ducks almost look like oil paintings!

Carolyn Ford said...

Such beautiful photography! I love the colors, glassy water and reflections...very impressive captures of sweet ducks!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos of the Mallard ducks.

We love Luna said...

This lake is outstanding and you took perfect pictures!
Adorable critters!
Happy camera critters
purrs and love
Luna - We love Luna

The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place said...

I love duck shots.. with the water movement and the ducks ..always a pretty sight!

squirrel said...

Nice photos and I liked your comments as well. Something to think about.

Janie said...

Cute ducks! I like the perfect shadows in the first 2 photos.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, the first ones do look like paintings! They all would look nice in frames.

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joo said...

They are so beautiful. I must say that never can help taking photos of them:)
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Stine in Ontario said...

Mallards are such pretty ducks. Most of the ones I see in Canada fly south for the winter but a few hang out in water that never freezes over.

Many places here now post signs asking people to NOT feed the ducks.

Nice photos!

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