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Image Taken on 15 May 2015 at 17:57    Image of day on 11 Jul 2015

A female Mallard Duck and two males appeared near the 11kV power lines with much flurry and quacking. They disappeared behind the hedges, and a few minutes later 1 pair landed next to the crop without angst.


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Image Taken on 08 Mar 2012 at 10:29    Image of day on 13 Apr 2012

Through the kitchen window, a female mallard duck head down in the mud feeding (what else) as the male watches the world - and her.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2011 at 17:54    Image of day on 17 Jun 2011

Incubating females leave their nests only for a hurried feed. Here she is dabbling, feet paddling like mad and pushing up a ridge of water ahead of her.


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Image Taken on 06 May 2016 at 19:01    Image of day on 15 Jun 2016

The female Mallard ducks seem to be either feeding or bathing whenever we see them. At the feeding sites she is usually squired by an attentive male doing guard duty. Both of these are fresh out of a pond full of Duckweed.


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Image Taken on 08 May 2016 at 18:54    Image of day on 15 Jun 2016

The female Mallard ducks seem to be either feeding or bathing whenever we see them. At the feeding sites she is usually squired by an attentive male doing guard duty. What a strange juxtaposition.


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Image Taken on 06 May 2016 at 18:15    Image of day on 15 Jun 2016

The female Mallard ducks seem to be either feeding or bathing whenever we see them. At the feeding sites she is usually squired by an attentive male doing guard duty.


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Image Taken on 03 May 2014 at 10:56    Image of day on 29 Jun 2014

This female Mallard Duck was ignoring us a few metres away, and enjoying a bath. She will approach up to about 5 metres from us to collect corn we have thrown down for her.


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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2013 at 16:47    Image of day on 06 Sep 2013

This female Mallard seems to fly in most days, visit the main and duck-shaped ponds to up-end or dive for corn in the water, & then depart.


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Image Taken on 08 Apr 2019 at 17:56    Image of day on 06 May 2019

Here is a female Mallard Duck quacking with a wonderful sense of joie-de-vie.


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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 24 Apr 2016 at 08:16    Image of day on 03 Jun 2016

A pair of Mallard ducks saw us approaching 'their' pond. He wandered into the Iris fronds to the left, while she stood for a moment watching us watching her before she too waddled into hiding. Enjoy the lovely Turquoise speculum.


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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2012 at 12:16    Image of day on 30 Apr 2012

One of the female Mallard ducks has made a nest in the Daffodils on an island. This image from the bank shows her head to the left (eye peeping between 2 fronds). We found her by knowing Mallard ducks like to nest there, and will leave her alone - the island is 'off limits' for a few weeks!


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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 27 Mar 2016 at 16:37    Image of day on 03 May 2016

Several female Mallard Ducks visit the main pond at this time of year for a high-speed feed and preen before returning to their nests. The bird will be moving oil from her 'Preen Gland' near the base of the tail and spreading it as waterproofing over all of her feathers. Just look at the neck flexibility you have to have if you don't have hands.


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Image Taken on 24 Mar 2012 at 12:49    Image of day on 27 Apr 2012

She took no notice of all the splashing about, quietly working through her down, contour and flight feathers


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Image Taken on 23 Mar 2011 at 10:34    Image of day on 21 Apr 2011

Female mallard ducks make a raucous noise compared to the polite quacks of the males. This one was having a LOT to say.


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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2015 at 08:19    Image of day on 18 May 2015

After a minute or two the two males gave up (or 'satisfied themselves') and we were pleased to see the female immediately swim straight to her mate and they greeted each other with a few bobs and calls. Not all males 'tarred by the same brush' then.


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