Rock Me On The Water
|Copyright: Mish PM (Finland_in_Eton)
|Date Taken: 2007-03-31|
|Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-04-28 7:30|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Taken on The Thames at Windsor. This Mallard couple was napping as the waves gently rocked them, suggesting the title. I cropped this a little to improve the compostion. As always, suggestions for improving the photo or editing of it are welcome.|
I found the following information at: www.uksafari.com
Latin name: Anas platyrhynchos
Size: Grow to around 55cms in length.
Distribution: Throughout the UK.
Months seen: All year round.
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
Food: Aquatic plants and insects.
Special features: This is one of the commonest ducks in Britain. In urban parks they are quite tame, and will take bread from the hand. In rural areas they are a little more shy. Mallards have a habit of feeding with their tails in the air and their heads under the water. This is called up-ending, or dabbling.
The male (above) has a yellow bill, an iridescent green head, a white collar and chestnut brown breast.
The female (left) is speckled brown all over with a blue wing patch. The bill is an orange-brown colour. The chicks, which are born in April and May, are coloured yellow and brown.
It's possible you may spot one of the many hybrid mallards. They look like a mallard, but with subtle differences. These are the result of years of domestication and cross-breeding.
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