Monday, January 5, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly: Mrs. Mallard

Yeah, yeah, I know... What's so special about mallards that would make them BPW-worthy? And the female mallards at that!

I don't care if they're found pretty much anywhere there's water. I just love those wonderful, iridescent blue racing stripes (speculum) they sport!

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Mallard, female (Anas platyrhynchos)

And an action shot...

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10 comments:

Mary C said...

Mrs. Mallard looks like she's one of a kind. ;o) Do all the females have that dark blotch over the top part of their bill? Is it only during a certain season/time of year? I've never seen one like that. Great photo capture, Kyle.

Sparverius said...

I've never thought of them as racing stripes. I like it!

KatDoc said...

That "action shot" is a different view of a Mallard. I agree, I don't care how common of a duck this is, it is still neat. The plain, brown birds don't get as much attention as the flashy ones, but they need a little love, too!

Thanks for the photos,

~Kathi

Alan said...

I agree with you Kyle. They are really beautiful birds. Nice photos!!

Red said...

Mallards are cool... sure, they're common, but I think they try to develop odd personalities to stand out of the crowd.

mick said...

Nice photos - and what is common to you is not that way for everyone!

behindthebins said...

I love female Mallards. They are a beautiful study in brown and white. I think most female birds do not get the attention that males do. They are not as strikingly colored.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Cute shots, Kyle! Love the action shot. :-)

Natural Moments said...

That's a great photo of the female mallard stretching its wings back and with its bill in the water. I believe Mallards are almost the most beloved bird of North America. It's one of the few birds just about anyone can name.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I think these are great. I like those irradescent colors on them too.