Tag Archives: Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard and Her Ducklings

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One of the most common and well-know ducks, mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) ducklings are a frequent sight in urban parks as well as in more remote settings. No matter how many mallard babies I see and photograph, they always deserve another … Continue reading

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Blue-headed Mallard

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As one of the most common ducks in North America, most everyone is familiar with the iridescent green head of the male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). Feather color, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is determined by pigments, the structure … Continue reading

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Hooded Merganser

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While watching the usual suspects (mallards, golden eyes, buffleheads, wigeon, etc.) on a pond at the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery (Shasta County CA) I noticed an unusual bird and was delighted to identify a single male hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) … Continue reading

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Mallard Ducklings

Not long ago I watched a small group of mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) ducklings as they swam around Baum Lake (Shasta County CA). Sooo.. . cute! After incubating for 27 to 28 days the precocial ducklings hatch. Precocial birds are those … Continue reading

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