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Thursday, 21 October 2010

In Praise of Mallards



The Mallard is our most commonest duck; and the male, probably one of the most colourful.
Wherever there’s water, there’s probably a Mallard or two; the British breeding population is estimated at 63-159,000 pairs.

The male has a dark green head, a yellow bill, is mainly purple-brown on the breast and grey on the body.





The plain brown colour of the female is so different from the male that they were originally thought to be separate species, they both have orange-red legs and a yellow-olive coloured bill.





Their diet? Mainly grasses and water plants, but they’ll also eat seeds, acorns and berries, insects and shellfish. And of course, the odd slice of bread. It’s no wonder they are so successful.

Nest building is by the female, and the incubation, and the looking after the young. Seems the male is more interested in the mating part; he leaves everything else to the female.




She’ll lay anything up to 16 creamy coloured eggs, 57 x 41 mm in size, usually about March, and begin her 28 day incubation period when the last egg has been laid.



Yea, she could perform her life standing on one leg.


And while the male flies around looking pretty,



the female can take a bow, for being such a busy girl.



26 comments:

  1. A really good and informative post with great photos Keith.

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  2. now this his put a new complexion on Mallard, I will never kook at them in quite the same way again. Thanks.

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  3. Hi Keith...oooh... that is such a nice post of my very favorite of all the ducks..and a sweet tribute to the female mallard in words and photos!
    That last photo is precious!!
    Hugs my friend!!

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  4. Thanks Grammie. An underrated duck, I think, that most people take for granted.
    A lake without a Mallard wouldn't be a lake.

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  5. A delightful post Keith accompanied by lovely photos. I have always thought they are very underrated (probably because we see them so often) but definitely don't deserve to be. They are such great posers too :) It does amaze me that they are on the amber list though!

    How are you now, are you feeling stronger than you were?

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  6. What a lovely post ! Very good idea Keith :) And great pics - as always !

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  7. realy great, nice to see, and I hope you feel better now ??? have a good spirit ! big hugh Kathrin

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  8. Thank you Jan. They are great characters; especially when the female makes that very loud quacking, almost as if she's laughing.

    And thank you; I'm feeling much better day by day :)

    Pescalune, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Kathrin, thank you. Yea, I'm almost as good as new ;)

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  9. I think that the prettiest Mallard Ducks is the female. It's the male who only thinks for himself, having sex, and not with the female, but he does it to another male, in fact, he will do it with anything with wings. I think that he would do it anything, lol!

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  10. I think you're right Bob. They're randy little buggers lol

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  11. Keith . You are the champion of the underdogs.
    Lovely photographs and text.

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  12. Thank you Trevor. I enjoyed putting this one together. :)

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  13. Such a lot of intereting information on the Mallard, Keith. Nice pictures too. Congratulations. Hope you're keeping better now.

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  14. A brilliant post beautifully illustrated Keith.

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  15. Thank you Emma.
    Yea, getting there ;)

    Thanks John :)

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  16. Glad you've posted again.. and so informatively too..

    Mallards are much ignored Ducks and they have so much character!! Great that you've brought them to the forefront :)

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  17. Just proves that even such a common species can be interesting and entertaining. Nicely done Keith. Cheers FAB.

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  18. Thanks for all the good info to go with the great photos.

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  19. Thanks Tricia, glad you enjoyed them.

    Cheers Frank :)

    Thanks for stopping by Josh, and commenting. :)

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  20. Im in aww of your Fabulous captures. I loved each and everyone of these photos.

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  21. I ask myselve, If the femals go to start a ducky wimens liberation club, after all this informations from you;-)) The pics are wonderful and funny, too. I wish you a fine new week and send a lof of hugs from Luzia.

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  22. Lucy, thank you.
    I think they should start that club; they certainly deserve one ;)

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  23. You know that old saying "many a truth is said in jest", well that applies to this post. What a great look at the Mallard!!!

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  24. Dixxe, thank you. Yea, they're very underrated I think.

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