On Golden Pond by Lois  Bryan

A perfect mallard duck floats toward me in the afternoon light of a perfect April day at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland.


The following is from the Cornel Lab of Ornithology:
( copy and paste Cornell’s address and scroll down to hear the mallard’s “song”!! http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mallard/id )

Size & Shape
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.

Color Pattern
Male Mallards have a dark, iridescent-green head and bright yellow bill. The gray body is sandwiched between a brown breast and black rear. Females and juveniles are mottled brown with orange-and-brown bills. Both sexes have a white-bordered, blue “speculum” patch in the wing.

Mallards are “dabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. They can be very tame ducks especially in city ponds, and often group together with other Mallards and other species of dabbling ducks.

Mallards can live in almost any wetland habitat, natural or artificial. Look for them on lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, and coastal habitats, as well as city and suburban parks and residential backyards.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and colors.

  • Hi Bunny!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Very beautiful

  • thank you, sweetie!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 2 years ago

    Lois, this stunning! Wonderful detail and color!

  • Hi Linda!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Super work Lois.

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture Lois! :) x

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture and happy Valentine’s day Lois!

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Awesome work! Spotted this on FAA first!

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 2 years ago

    fantastic colours – amazing!

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Lois!

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 2 years ago

    Super colours Lois …

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