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Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson Arizona with a Canon Powershot SX10IS 3-30-2010

Mallards, a dabbler, tips into the shallow waters and pluck seeds, grasses, or invertebrates from the bottom. Will also eat insects from the water surface.

Courtship ritual includes males pumping their head, bill dipping, and rearing up to exaggerate his size. The female signals consent by duplicating the males head-pumping.

Common migration and winter resident at lakes and ponds.

Molting & Eclipsed males are similar to females but with yellow or olive bill.

VOICE Familiar quaking, most often from female; Female also gives descending series of raspy,“laughing” quacks.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured

  • They were just sitting there, how could I not? Thank you Kathy so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoalmost 5 years ago

    So sweet!

  • Thank you whisperjo, I thought they looked good together as well…lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Fabulous quackers. Well done, Kim.

  • Thank you always Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Nancy Bray
    Nancy Brayalmost 5 years ago

    Mallards in Massachusetts, USA are just like these, nice catch!

  • Thank you Nancy again!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture. Nice colors…Hugs…Tom

  • I thank you Tom, it is always great to see you darling!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture.! Lovely

  • Thank you Tracy for stopping by! I appreciate the time you took to look and comment darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    They make a lovely couple!

  • I thought so to Trish! Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBellealmost 5 years ago

    Perfect shot of the ducks,Kimberly.I like how they are framed with the grass.:o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thank you darlin! I appreciate your comments very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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