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Northern Mallard

Northern Mallard (Image ID 35779)
Photographed byBill Harding on Wed 5th Jun, 2019 and uploaded on Wed 19th Jun, 2019 .
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ID35779
CommentI entered this photo as there are a few things that intrigue me about it. Firstly, the male mallard is mating with a white bird, which to my eye looks like a White Mallard (size, bill shape and same curly tail feathers). Is there such a thing – or is it the result of Northern Mallards interbreeding with white domestic ducks? The second thing that intrigued me was the very rough handling the male bird gave to the female bird, forcing her head down as low as possible, often completely submerging it – yet they mated often and the female was certainly a willing participant. The third thing that intrigued me was how the very fine bristles in its bill look so much like teeth. I was pleased that the bird adopted a pose enabling me to capture the fine bristles.
EquipmentCanon 7D Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f4/L USM non IS lens at 600mm, 1/400 sec, f7.1, ISO 640 on tripod
LocationWodonga, Victoria
Keywordsmale, female, adult
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