Mallards And A Surprise

A year-round resident of the Mid-Atlantic, Mallards can easily be found in many parks, ponds, wetlands, and estuaries.  Bombay Hook NWR is no exception.  At my last visit, they were the predominant duck to see.  In the distance, there were hundreds.

When the sun is shining, the male Mallard’s beautiful green head lights up.  Sometimes giving up their hiding spots.

 

_dsc0121-1-11117Male Mallards

Mallards are one of the most recognized of all ducks and is the ancestor of several domestic breeds.

 

_dsc0365-1-21417Male & Female Mallards

Mallards are “dabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive.

 

_dsc0269-1-11117Male & Female Mallards with two American Black Ducks at the far left

 

_dsc0372-1-21417Male Mallards

While photographing the Mallards, a surprise flew into the group, a Greater Yellowlegs.

 

_DSC0288-4 11117.jpgA Greater Yellowlegs among the Mallards

I thought maybe I was seeing a rarity with the Greater Yellowlegs but learned that some may reside year-round the area as well.  E-bird had been showing the sightings of the Greater Yellowlegs at Bombay Hook throughout this winter.  I still felt lucky to see him at my visit!

 

35 thoughts on “Mallards And A Surprise

  1. i maschi del germano reale hanno una livrea meravigliosa, il colore della testa e del collo, come giustamente dici tu si accende quanfo brilla il sole, sono bellissimi amche nel volo
    felice sabato
    Annalisa

    • Grazie Annalisa! Il loro verde in contrasto con i marroni e bianchi si distingua e sono bellissime. Mi piace Mallards vedendo anche ai parchi locali dove sono gentile e alla ricerca di una dispensa da voi. 🙂

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  3. Great shots! I had forgotten just how brilliantly green a male mallard’s head is until photographing
    some recently in bright sunshine. They are such a common duck that one forgets just how beautiful they are. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Susan! You’re right, they are so common, we tend to ‘ignore’ photographing them. And then they present themselves with such beauty, we get reacquainted with them! 🙂

  4. Lovely photos of the ducks, it would have been wonderful to sit and watch them for awhile. I love the male’s bright green head, it sparkles in the sun.

    • Thanks Sue! I took quite a few photos of them, hoping several males would turn their heads just right for the sun to shine their gorgeous green heads. Now if only they would have all done it on queue! LOL 🙂

  5. Beautiful shots of the Mallards and the surprise bird! We see Mallards at the salt marsh, but very rarely. Their cousins, the Florida Mottled Ducks have ‘bought’ most of the real estate at the marsh 🙂

  6. Sometimes we take Mallards so for granted because they seem to be numerous, but I enjoy watching them and the male is a good-looking duck and the female as well has the brilliant wing marking, also protective of their young. I am glad that you high-lighted them here.

    • Thanks, Jane, we do take them for granted. And then one day, we look at them differently, i.e., the sun is shining off the male’s gorgeous green head, and then we get wow’d all over again with them. 🙂 I love listening to them too!

  7. Lovely shots Donna, yes that Yellow-legs is a plus, good to see how yellow those legs are. We do not get to see them here, we get Greenshanks and Redshanks.

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