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Old Feb 24, 2005, 2:08 PM   #1
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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/New/images/MALLARD104.jpg[/img]

A rather "normal" hybrid male Mallard. He's not only "banded," but someone put a band on each leg.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/New/images/MALLARD105[/img]

It appears that he's rotating his head in this picture, and yet the beak seems stationary? Beats me.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MALL100.JPG[/img]

A completely different bird

Hybrid Mallards are actually quite common. This says something about mallards. :-)

Often enough a Mallards head will appear purple or blue because of the action of light. In some cases you might catch such a bird changing it's feathers, molting, and looking, to be polite - weird.

But in the above cases, if you note, the feathers are quite different on the hybrids, in the last case - quite different.

So just who are they fooling around with?

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Old Mar 5, 2005, 2:37 AM   #2
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these look exactly the same as the ones on the lakes around my home.
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