During our swing through the ponds below Washington’s capitol, I photographed a feral, female Mallard. Not that I have that much to say about Mallards—this just seemed like a pretty picture. Mallards are the most common North American Duck. Feral Mallards inhabit the cites of the world, where they survive because people feed them. These ducks are the evolutionary source of almost all our domesticated ducks (Drilling et al. 2002).