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Follow the Leader!

Follow the Leader!
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): Webbed birds, Baby Animals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-24 3:27
Viewed: 4367
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I enjoyed watching these young mallard ducklings chase each other. I like the ripples they produced in the water.

Mallard Duck
Anas platyrhynchos

Canard colvert (French)
Pato de collar (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The Mallard is the ancestor of nearly all domestic duck breeds (everything except the Muscovy Duck). Many of the domestic breeds look like the wild birds, but usually are larger. They are variable in plumage, often lacking the white neck ring or having white on the chest. Feral domestic ducks breed with wild Mallards and produce a variety of forms that often show up with wild ducks, especially in city parks.

The widespread Mallard has given rise to a number of populations around the world that have changed enough that they could be considered separate species. The "Mexican Duck" of central Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States and the Hawaiian Duck both are closely related to the Mallard, and in both forms the male is dull like the female. The Mexican Duck currently is considered a subspecies of the Mallard, while the Hawaiian Duck is still given full species status.

Mallard pairs are generally monogamous, but paired males actively pursue forced extra-pair copulations. Copulation between members of a pair usually takes place in the water after a long bout of elaborate displays. Forced copulations are not preceded by displays, and several males may chase a single female and mate with her.

Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-24 3:48]

Hello Manyee!
Very cute shot.Details,lighting,framing and your models are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful shot.Babies are very cute.Colors,details and composition are excellent.I liked this work very much.Thanks for sharing.

Very cute shot. Love baby duckies, and swans ;)

great details, lovely compo.

well done

Great shot Manyee!
The water looks great, good details on your lovely models and very nice composition.
I like it very much.
Well done!

Nice shot Manyee! I like this small cute group of three following the leader..Good details, colors and composition, Well done and TFS!

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