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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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Northern Pintail

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Like the mallard, the northern pintail (Anas acuta) is found throughout most of North America and because of its striking markings is easily identified. After the mallard and perhaps the lesser scaup, it is either the second or third most abundant duck in … Continue reading

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