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Your Mallards deserve a comment Gautam. #2 looks purposeful striding out.
We have a particularly friendly male at our wetlands who delights in swimming over and saying “Hello”. I have rather a soft spot for Mallards.
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Nice shots, Gautam. Amazing how different the colors can be.
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I was a little surprised about that myself. Most of the males I have seen look more like image #1 than #2, i.e., the feathers on the head have a strong iridescent green hue. Image #3 is, of course, a female, which has different plumage from the males.
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Lyn, Gene, Alan - thanks very much for the comments. The second one was not in the breeding plumage - may be he was molting.
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Just curious - is it possible that #2 is a cross between a mallard and something else? Don't know what the something else would be though. It is know that Mallards also commonly crossbreed with black ducks, wigeons, shovelers, cinnamon teal, green-winged teal, and gadwalls. Apparently, the males aren't picky.


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WG, thanks for the comments. It is quite possible that it was a hybrid because in the WWT reserve there are all sorts of ducks. But excepting the neck, the rest of it is typical of a mallard. Also the green colour of the neck of mallards somewhat depends on the angle of the light. This is another shot of a mallard but because of the angle of the light the neck looks violet rather than green.
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Just curious - is it possible that #2 is a cross between a mallard and something else? Don't know what the something else would be though. It is know that Mallards also commonly crossbreed with black ducks, wigeons, shovelers, cinnamon teal, green-winged teal, and gadwalls. Apparently, the males aren't picky.


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Not possible, #2 it's reality, it is hybrid, Mallards are the only wild species that will and do breed with domestic ducks, his colors are to out of range to be a plumage season change............
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WG, thanks for the comments. It is quite possible that it was a hybrid because in the WWT reserve there are all sorts of ducks. But excepting the neck, the rest of it is typical of a mallard. Also the green colour of the neck of mallards somewhat depends on the angle of the light. This is another shot of a mallard but because of the angle of the light the neck looks violet rather than green.

I have never seen a color shift quite that extreme on a mallard. Nevertheless, color shifts with lighting changes are possible with iridescent colors, so it is credible that a lighting condition resulted in this violet-hued mallard head.


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