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Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Description:

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:

The Mallard is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, North America from southern and central Alaska to Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, and across Eurasia, from Iceland and southern Greenland and parts of Morocco (North Africa) in the west, Scandinavia to the north, and to Siberia, Japan, and China in the east.

Notes:

This Mallard duck takes to flight after the wind blows me and my kayak a bit closer to him then he might have been comfortable with.

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24 Comments

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 8 years ago

oh wow !! its just stunning William ... thanks for sharing :)

namitha
namitha 8 years ago

Spectacular spotting Willie. Amazing photography skills too.

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you Martimar1 and thanks as well SunnyJosef

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 9 years ago

Wow!!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you Yuriana Martinez

YurianaMartínez
YurianaMartínez 9 years ago

such a good pic!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful comments, AlvinCalicaran, Arlanda, and BrookSkagen

AlvinCalicaran
AlvinCalicaran 9 years ago

I like the wings and the splashes!

arlanda
arlanda 9 years ago

Nice action shot!

BrookSkagen
BrookSkagen 9 years ago

Spectacular shot!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you Karen and Stian Waaler for your wonderful comments on my spotting

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Wonderful capture Bill!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Fantastic picture Willie!

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you, Ismael Chaves, Sachin Zaveri, SatyenMehta, and Jolly Ibañez for your wonderful comments.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Great capture

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

wow, ,

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Beautiful click!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Nice timing. Beautiful capture.

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you so much, CourtneyVerk, Annorion, KeithRoragen, AntónioGinjaGinja and MayraSpringmann. I truly appreciate you taking the time to both look at and comment on my spotting. I hope that in some small way, I can help others to see and love the beauty that can be found all around us, in nature.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Stunning!!!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

great williefromwi,as usual,beatiful cache,congrats

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 9 years ago

Great shot.

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

Beautiful shot!

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

The markings on the male Mallard are so vibrant and clear. It really makes you wonder why certain species develop these patterns. Wonderful action shot!

williefromwi
Spotted by
williefromwi

Chenequa, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 23, 2011
Submitted on Jun 21, 2012

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