Mallard Splash Landing
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Mallard Splash Landing - photograph by Michele Avanti
Taken at our local Roseburg, Wildlife Sanctuary Park on a sunny afternoon. This handsome green head mallard made a splash landing. How could I resist capturing him. Enjoy! Nice shot for a family room or cabin wall.
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Mallards are large ducks with hefty bodies, rounded heads, and wide, flat bills. Like many “dabbling ducks” the body is long and the tail rides high out of the water, giving a blunt shape. In flight their wings are broad and set back toward the rear.
The male, or drake, is the more distinctively colored of the mallards. Its iconic green head sits atop a white neckband that sets off a chestnut-colored chest and gray body. Females are mottled drab brown in color, but sport iridescent purple-blue wing feathers that are visible as a patch on their sides.
March 29th, 2018
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