Waterfowl in Winter: Dabbling Ducks

The second post in my 3-part series on “Waterfowl in Winter” features two species of dabbling ducks: Mallards and Black Ducks. Unlike the diving mergansers in my last post, dabbling ducks splash around near the surface of the water, often turning upside down, as they forage on aquatic vegetation.

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Mallards feeding in a snowstorm

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Mallards, hen and drake

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Mute Swan guarding open water; mallard hen

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Black Duck

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Mute Swan and Black Ducks

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Mallard hen

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