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Mallard ducks, with their trademark “quack” call, are one of the most recognized of all the ducks.
In order to attract a hen, the drake is much more colourful. For most of the year, he has a shiny green head, a white-ringed neck, brown chest and grey sides.
After a winter spent feeding in the warmer southern areas, the mallards return north to breed and nest. Hens typically nest in the cover of the native grasses in the upland areas around wetlands. This usually takes place throughout April and May. Late in May, the first ducklings begin to appear.
There's a calming effect created from looking at how these duck images are shown and the anticipation of an imminent busy weekend ahead. It's what they say about ducks or swans, how they look serene from above water but they paddle so hard underneath.
That's how I am today. :)
Strange facts about Mallard Ducks
o Mallards have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a Mallard population are male-male homosexual (Bagemihl 1999).
o When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes will end up "left out". This group will sometimes target an isolated female duck — chasing, pestering and pecking at her until she weakens (a phenomenon referred to by researchers as rape flight), at which point each male will take turns copulating with the female
o The Mallard duck can see in 360 degrees.
o Ducks look to finish off Senators in Ottawa. Weird, to have a Southern California team beat a Canadian team for the National Hockey League Stanley Cup. But it might happen. Believe me.
o Bird flu spreads among ducks in Vietnam. Oh no, no peking duck for us for a while, or any duck dish on the menu - including Bird's nest soup. :P