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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 29

Image Taken on 29 May 2006 at 18:07    Image of day on 14 Jun 2006

We never tire of Mallard Drakes in Flight. He will soon be moulting and losing those lovely colours until Autumn.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2011 at 17:37    Image of day on 30 Apr 2011

What? Female chasing the males? Genuine single frame.

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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2012 at 16:28    Image of day on 05 Apr 2012

A Mallard duck female circling the plot waiting for the 2-legs (us!) to 'vanish'

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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2012 at 16:09    Image of day on 16 Apr 2012

A female Mallard duck showing the signs of her 'boyfriend's affections' on the nape of her neck where he has gripped her while having his 'evil' ways with her.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2011 at 18:22    Image of day on 30 Apr 2011

One pair of Mallard ducks don't let us get closer than a few metres but seem to realise we are 'harmless'. Here this female saw us at the meadow post providing a later than usual baiting, and decided to fly in for a look.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2012 at 18:04    Image of day on 30 Apr 2012

We bought the least expensive Thermal camera we could find to help us find nests. This is the thermal image (rather wider angle than the cropped natural image) of a concealed Mallard duck nest from maybe 8 metres away, highlighting her presence very well.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2012 at 10:42    Image of day on 28 May 2012

This female Mallard duck (with male a couple of metres left of her) took off as we approached the pond. This montage is of the 2nd and 4th images (from a set of 9) with the bird accurately positioned (apart from the Lily fronds blowing about in the wind).

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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2014 at 17:52    Image of day on 04 Jun 2014

The male of this pair of Mallard ducks was following (or chasing!) the female on the right. We can't determine the accurate movement per frame, but read the action top left to bottom right.

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Image Taken on 20 Mar 2012 at 15:30    Image of day on 16 Apr 2012

Perhaps the 'culprit' of the females feather loss - an accurate montage of a male mallard climbing steeply from take-off. This was probably at 7fps.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2013 at 17:51    Image of day on 02 Jun 2013

There are now several lonely male mallard ducks sitting disconsolately or flying about. This is an arbitrary montage of one quacking as it went by.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2012 at 15:01    Image of day on 18 Feb 2012

Successive shots of this male mallard duck flying overhead taken at about 5fps, but much closer together than they should be in this montage.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2012 at 17:42    Image of day on 10 May 2012

This male mallard flew past in the evening sun quacking quietly (as the males do). Without a static reference to accurately montage it, we present a 1950s '3 ducks' montage, all taken in about half a second.

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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2014 at 09:03    Image of day on 30 May 2014

This male Mallard duck is flying in to join 'his' female. There are 4 frames here, the last sees the splashdown near the bottom left corner. This is about half a second of action.

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2013 at 17:45    Image of day on 12 May 2013

This male Mallard duck gave up harassing a pair in flight and did a rather nice sweep to land on the bank of the duck-shaped pond. This is an accurate montage at about 7 fps at the start (top right) for 5 frames then alternate frames for the next 3 and then 3 frames skipped for the last.

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2013 at 17:45    Image of day on 12 May 2013

The landing, though, was a bit heavy - ducks landing on land often are. The thump will have been taken by the strong breastbone (called the 'keel') that provides attachments for the powerful wing muscles. The back end bounces up showing the legs.

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Image Taken on 09 May 2013 at 07:21    Image of day on 15 Jun 2013

A male Mallard, starting the lose some of his bright green head feather, flew by giving us a gentle quack.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2016 at 15:41    Image of day on 11 May 2016

This male Mallard Duck made a tidy takeoff as Marie walked up the path to the Duck-shaped pond. All 5 frames are spread horizontally at about 7fps. In the first 3 you can see how he dips down to give himself a launching spring. This is less than 1 second of action.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2016 at 15:42    Image of day on 11 May 2016

A closer view of the next to last frame of the montage.

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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2013 at 12:26    Image of day on 21 Apr 2013

We currently have 2 pairs of Mallard Ducks feeding in our ponds. Here one pair circled the site a couple of times before choosing the pond furthest from us. Here is a one frame close-up

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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2013 at 12:26    Image of day on 21 Apr 2013

This pair of Mallard ducks were photographed at about 7 fps. Ducks really do fly fast - this is half a second of flight in an accurate montage (based on cloud perceived motion being MUCH slower).

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