Little Duckies Need Some Snackies

F/5.6, 1/160, ISO 100.

Mallard Female with Ducklings

Who earns a living driving their customers away?

A taxi driver.

Interesting Fact:  The female forms a shallow depression or bowl on the ground in moist earth. She does not carry material to the nest but rather pulls vegetation she can reach toward her while sitting on nest. During egg-laying phase, she lines the nest with grasses, leaves, and twigs from nearby. She also pulls tall vegetation over to conceal herself and her nest. After incubation begins, she plucks down feathers from her breast to line the nest and cover her eggs. The finished nest is about a foot across, with a bowl for the eggs that is 1–6 inches deep and 6–9 inches across. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard/lifehistory )

 

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8 Comments

  1. Wonderful information! I’ve always favoured ducks from when I was a child growing up on a lake in Michigan. Such beautiful birds. ❤️

    • Lake Michigan I am really jealous of you. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I agree they are beautiful. Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. oh how envious i am … on our part of the Thames they keep their babies safely tucked away… but i know they are there somewhere. i took a photograph of a Mandarin Duck and his Mrs, mating and just after … she is so sweet

  3. i am envious. on our part of The Thames, we have lots of ducks, but when the babies come, they keep them away from Putney Bridge… just too busy. So now i have the great pleasure of all the boys, swans, ducks, geese, and so many more all hanging out together.

    If your are interested, i took a photograph of two Mandarin’s mating. Well during a mate and then after she pops up – she looks iin love !

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