Mini Reader’s Wildlife photos

June 28, 2015 • 7:07 am

Reader Joe Dickinson sends us this:


I know Jerry is fond of ducklings, so here is a family of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) caught on June 23rd and again on the 27th  near the mouth of Aptos Creek, CA.  The growth (and change in plumage) over just four days is quite noticeable.
Mallards are distributed fairly widely, so keep an eye out for them.

7 thoughts on “Mini Reader’s Wildlife photos

  1. I have a couple of pairs of Mallards that frequent my relatively small garden. They make their nest somewhere else though. The yard is very lush and safe from predators, save for neighbours’ cats, so the birds love it there (as do the voles and moles all year, squirrels and raccoons mostly in the winter, and possums before the open field was developed).

    1. Qantas. It’s actually an acronym; it stands for “Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service”.

  2. Here in South Australia we have Anas supersiliosa (they have ‘eyebrows’). If I recall correctly a study some years ago found that female A. supersiliosa prefer male Anas platyrhynchos, so there are also a number of hybrids here.

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