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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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I caught a family of Ducks traveling together. Some of the photos are not of the sharpest quality, but I included them anyways. Pictures taken shortly before sunset. Mother duck leads the way.

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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:16 AM   #2
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Time to enter the water.




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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:18 AM   #3
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Mother takes the lead


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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:19 AM   #4
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Mother plans next move


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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:20 AM   #5
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View from the pack.


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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:23 AM   #6
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Ducks are in a row


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Old Jun 22, 2005, 12:26 AM   #7
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Interesting shot, Thomas. This appears to me to look like the American Black Duck yet it's color seems lighter than it should be. I've read that the American hybridizes with the Mallards occasionally and intermediate characteristics result; I wonder if this is the case here, any ideas? Thanks for sharing this one.

Okay, I posted the top part here after seeing only the first shot. It now appears that these are baby Mallards. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that mother looks definitely to be a Mallard.
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Hi Normcar,

I am pretty sure they are Mallards.Amazing how the two species can form hybrids that are very similar in characteristics. I know the normal range of the American Black Duck doesn't include the area these photos were taken.I think there normal range tends to run from the Mississippi eastward. These were taken this evening in Southern California. I wonder though, if some of the hybrids thatdevelop in the Eastern States can eventually migrate to areas outside of the Black Ducks normal habitat.

Thanks for commenting. Keep up your wonderful photography work!

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