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Who's Wood Duck's wife, Mallard or Blue-winged Teal?


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#1 shixingwen

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:15 AM

I found this duck following the Wood Duck around, apparently a pair of mates. Is it a female Mallard or a Blue-winged Teal?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:02 AM

Looks like a female Mallard -- poor girl.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:29 AM

Looks like a female Mallard -- poor girl.


Why poor girl? She's got a handsome guy :)

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:48 AM

Where was this taken?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:11 AM

Where was this taken?


It was taken in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge around the Memorial weekend.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:37 PM

Rather odd couple.... but agree, Mama Mallard IS with quite the handsome guy!
Seney is a cool place (and for those unfamiliar with the upper Great Lakes area.... it's in the U.P. of MI.)

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:16 PM

why is this not fairly normal? I see wood ducks and mallards together quite a bit here.. I dont think they are prejudiced :) dont think they can or would mate though?
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:25 PM

Exactly -- even if they do end up mating, the babies most likely won't be able to.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:29 AM

why is this not fairly normal? I see wood ducks and mallards together quite a bit here.. I dont think they are prejudiced :) dont think they can or would mate though?


This is definitely a couple. That seems a bit unusual.




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