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Old Apr 7, 2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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I really don't mean to be rude but, I need an explanation from you expert birders. These 2 mallard drakes, ummmm, went at it as if they were a pair. I thought it may have been a dominance kind of activity (but they didn't chase each other as I've sen before) or maybe they are young and "practicing"?? Can anyone explain this odd (to me) behavior?

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Old Apr 8, 2006, 5:22 AM   #2
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Maybe they're young males and confused, or maybe they've seen Brokeback Mtn too many times.:G
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Old Apr 8, 2006, 8:02 AM   #3
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its pretty common in many animals. my sister breed dogs and the females carry on like that together, in males it is often a dominance thing
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Old Apr 8, 2006, 10:03 AM   #4
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its pretty common in many animals. my sister breed dogs and the females carry on like that together, in males it is often a dominance thing
Mallards are notorius for their "sexuality." In fact there are numerous hybrid Mallards, which often confuse people. In fact, someone has some hybrid Mallard pictures on this board at the moment without being aware of it. They will cross most commonly with Black Ducks, but they don't limit themselves there. :?

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This is a similar picture I took a few weeks ago!!





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Old Apr 8, 2006, 5:44 PM   #6
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In the pond near my house, these three hang out together. Looks like something unusual went on...


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Old Apr 8, 2006, 6:51 PM   #7
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In the pond near my house, these three hang out together. Looks like something unusual went on...

:lol: Yes, two of these birds are defintitly Hybrid Mallards. Although to be fair, it looks like a domestic Duck, and almost all domestic Ducks are decendants of Mallards.

Above Boily has posted some hot action - but he is mistaken in one thing. His post is about a "straight" relationship, while Julie posted a Gay alliance in progress...:G

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Old Apr 8, 2006, 8:11 PM   #8
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Thanx all!!! I figure it is a dominance thing, but nothing I've ever seen in duck-land. Oh, Dave, as much as I'd like to be as good a photographer as Julie, I'm not her!:blah:

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Thanx all!!! I figure it is a dominance thing, but nothing I've ever seen in duck-land. Oh, Dave, as much as I'd like to be as good a photographer as Julie, I'm not her!:blah:

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AHHHHHH! So sorry!

But you're mistaken - It's all about unaduckerated raw sex.

Mallards will, well, no need to be explicit...:?

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In the pond near my house, these three hang out together. Looks like something unusual went on...

:lol: Yes, two of these birds are defintitly Hybrid Mallards. Although to be fair, it looks like a domestic Duck, and almost all domestic Ducks are decendants of Mallards.

Above Boily has posted some hot action - but he is mistaken in one thing. His post is about a "straight" relationship, while Julie posted a Gay alliance in progress...:G

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We have a beautiful pond in town that comes off a lake. There are wild ducks everywhere. Pacifics, blue bills,musk ducks, coot and pretty mallards. However some domestic ugly ducklings also joined in. Its a strange sight to see a huge uglywhite domestic duck dominating all the ducks when youcome tofeed them bread:-)
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