Female mallard duck resting next to water. The mallard duck had a bit of a walk around as well. Plumage of the juvenile is similar to adult females. Male mallards do not care for their young or eggs in any way. The mottled brown female mallard looks downright dull next to the males showy feathers.
Beneath this tightly packed waterproof layer of feathers lies a soft warm layer of feathers called down. On metal steps at lake balaton young male mallard duck resting next to a pond. An unusual sight to see a pair of ducks on a railway station. A male or female swims rapidly for a short distance with its neck held low just grazing the surface of the water.
The mallard ducks outer feathers are waterproof thanks to oil thats secreted from a gland near the tail. Mallards are dabbling ducksthey feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. Mallard ducks start to pair up in october and november and may begin nesting as early as march.
Ecological balance scene on the well protected lake of constance europe female mallard duck with ducklings. Some ducks share incubation duties but mallards do not the males usually form bachelors clubs where you see 25 males with no females in sight for the weeks when the females are incubating. Mallard ducks nesting in the neighborhood we had a pair of mallards walking past our front door of the wild birds unlimited store in east lansing. The female duck was resting as did the ma.
The ducklings will follow their mother for the next 50 to 60 days maturing and developing their ability to fly. On metal steps at lake balaton female mallard duck with ducklings. Mallard ducklings are precocial meaning they know how swim and feed right after they are hatched. Young male mallard duck anas platyrhynchos lying downyoung male mallard duck resting next to a pond.
Once the ducklings hatch they are immediately taken to water for safety. Dog trainer for 15 years bs in cognitive science.