Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mallard

My fellow blogger Penelope commented, on my last post on the beauty of cardinals, that she also considers the Mallard to be stunning. Judging by this photo of a drake Mallard, Penny has a point! Although Mallards are the most common of the North American ducks, found in urban and wild areas around the world, birders seldom take a second glance at them. The recurved black central tail-feathers, from which comes the term "duck-tail" hair styles of some 1950s teenage boys, are alone worth a second look. I took this photo, presumably of a wild bird (scaup and buffleheads were also present), along the Reflecting Ponds in Washington, DC. during our recent visit.

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