Monday, February 10, 2020

Mallard and Pintail

Walking back from the Nisqually boardwalk on 3 February 2020, Erika mused, “Mallards would be better appreciated if they were not so common.” So I took a picture. According to Drilling et al. (2014), “ In North America, the Mallard is the most abundant duck species. Its success in the wild reflects its adaptability to varied habitats, its hardiness in cold climates, its catholic food tastes, and its tolerance of human activities.” The second photo is clearly the backend of a drake Northern Pintail. Like the Mallard, pintails are both common and enjoy a wide distribution around the world. Pintails and Mallards are not called “dabbling ducks” for nothing.
 

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