Monday, August 4, 2008

What kind of duck is this?

On my kayaking adventure to find my loon family, I saw this duck with her 7 ducklings swimming in the shallows of the lake. This was taken at dusk so I've tried to brighten it up a little bit. Do you know what kind of duck this is? I'm at a loss.


10 comments:

John said...

I'm pretty sure that's a mallard. The orange beak and legs, plus the blue wing patch with white edges, are characteristic.

Shellmo said...

Thanks John! I thought so but wasn't sure due to the blue wing patch - didn't realize the female had that.

kjpweb said...

Yep - I'd go with a Mallard, too!
Cheers, Klaus

Leedra said...

I thought it was a Mallard, but with my limited knowledge was afraid to say so. Came back to see what everybody else said. Was glad to see I did recognize it.

The Birdlady said...

If that's one of the ducklings on the right, she's done a good job of protecting them - still has 7?!

NCmountainwoman said...

Nice shot.

Bird Girl said...

Nice shot, Shelley! You usually don't see that blue wing bar unless she is flying or standing - most people observe them sitting in the water or hidden in the weeds.

Sandy said...

I think its' a mallard too, but I'm not too up my ducks! I don't have all my ducks in a row!

MuseSwings said...

It's a mallard with very good posture. Love your pictures!

Cynthia

Shellmo said...

To all - I am kicking myself. It's obvious to everyone (but me!!) that it's a mallard. Thank you for your comments and reassurance!