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The Mallard is our commonest duck, the one you are most likely to be greeted by if you throw out food at your local park pond. Some Mallards have been domesticated and so you may also see Mallard-like hybrids showing bewildering colours from khaki brown to pure white. The displaying male Mallard shows his colours very clearly as well as the diagnostic curly black uppertail feathers. The female Mallard is the standard dabbling duck against which all the others should be compared. Mallard in flight can be told by their relatively large size, the contrastingly dark-chested appearance of the males and the fact that the white borders on either side of the dark blue speculum are both equally obvious.
Breeds and winters on any fresh and saltwater bodies
The commonest duck, abundant everywhere.
Almost certainly the most widespread and abundant duck in Europe, found almost everywhere.
The Britsh breeding population is estimated at at least 100 000-130 000 pairs, with 23 000 pairs in Ireland. Winter peaks are about 500 000 birds.
European population over 2 million pairs Russian population 650000-800000 Turkish population 5000-20000
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Molto nitida, ottimo freeze-action.
Buoni anche i colori.
Good DOF range...
- [2007-02-08 9:37]
Good multiple in-flight shot. TFS