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Honouring the Mallard

He is a handsome fellow. She has beautiful feathers and speculum.And the ducklings have lovely markings and like all babies, are so cute. How often have I heard myself when looking for ducks, say “Oh, its just a Mallard.” There are so many of them. But I remind myself that I would miss them terribly if they disappeared. I have watched the females with their young and they are quite protective, keeping the young ones close. I am lucky to be able to get close to them at the city ponds where they have accustomed themselves to the approach of humans and do not fly away like their country cousins. Rather than dismiss them  I am taking the time to appreciate them today.

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough

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7 responses

  1. These Mallards are just charming Jane. You captured a sense of personality here….and the ducklings – so innocent and sweet!! That last shot is amazing… Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!! ~RL

    June 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  2. How lovely!

    June 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  3. Maxine Lozinski

    Yes You are right, because it is the duck we see so often and easily recognized we don’t always appreciate it, thanks for the reminder. Great shots, love the detail in the feathers in the close up shots.

    June 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  4. Thanks Maxine Julie and Robyn for checking it out and for your comments..

    June 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

  5. All Your photos present mallards so great. My favorite photo is the second from the top.

    June 25, 2012 at 4:08 am

    • Thank you, Matti.Second from the top is from last summer.

      June 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

  6. I have found myself thinking “just a mallard” too, and you are so right. They are a special bird in their own right.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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