This female mallard duck photograph was taken by a lake very close to where I live. These birds are the most abundant and widely distributed waterfowl species in North America.
Breeds throughout majority of Canada and U.S. (Canadian breeding range expanding in east and north due to natural expansion and introduction by humans). Winters in U.S., northern Mexico and southern Canada (as long as open water and food are available).
They are one of the first ducks to return to breeding grounds in spring; arriving in breeding pairs as soon as open water is available.
January 16th, 2015
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