Friday, May 16, 2008

Duke Ducks: Part 2 - Mallard

Continuing the posts about ducks in the Duke Gardens, today I'm looking at the Mallard.

The mallard is a very common bird in the Southeast U.S. so it is unsurprising that a large amount call the Duke Gardens home. While they are technically migratory and aren't clipped like most of the other species, many of the Duke mallards stay year-round. My guess would be that they like the free food from visitors.
Here's a female mallard incubating some eggs.

Here's a drake and female watching the pond.

Here's a drake that found a surprise when he landed (the blurriness is a result of the temperature).

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