The breeding male is unmistakable, with a bright bottle-green head, black rear end and a yellowish orange bill tipped with black (as opposed to the black/orange bill in females). It has a white collar which demarcates the head from the purple-tinged brown breast, grey brown wings, and a pale grey belly. The dark tail has white borders. Habitat:
Found on a frozen lake as it began to thaw in early March of 2012. Many mallard will decide to spend the winter even when most or all the lakes and rivers in our area freeze over solid enough, that an automobile can drive onto them.
Photographed along the shores of an almost completely frozen lake. The only open waters were along the shores. Photos number 1 and 2 are of a male ( Drake) and numbers 3 and 4 are of a female ( hen ). Photographed on a partly sunny day, with light winds and cold temperatures. Temperature was in the upper 30s F. Lake was mostly frozen. Birds were active both on and off the ice. Many Mallards were present, along with two American White Pelicans, geese, and many gulls. Geese were mostly Canada, gulls were mostly ring billed gulls. Other birds of interest were red breasted Mergansers which were to far out to photograph well. Photographed in Lake park near " Stinky Point"