Gräsand - Anas platyrhynchos - Mallard

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A moulting male to the right and one that seems to be a hybrid of Mallard and Merganser.

NF Photo 080602 at Djulö
A golden Mallard female, NF Photo 100317 at Oxelösund

Beautiful. Isn´t she??

2 males, the one to the left is really oddlooking. And not moulting.
 NF Photo 081127 at Djulö Kvarn

My favourite inflight  photo, NF Photo 090131

The tailfeather of the male Mallard. NF Photo 070529

The mallard is too common to really give that wow factor. You see them so much you don´t really look at them. But what do you say about this? Every now and then there comes someone different.


  1. Beautiful images of everyones favourite Duck.Please accept my best wishes for 2011

  2. I so enjoy the mallards around here. Love the golden mallard, I've never seen one and, YES, she is beautiful!

  3. Golden Mallard? What a find and great shots. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Great looks! I especially like the last two, maybe because they're so different from our usual fare. Your eye and your imagination are equally excellent. ;-)WBW

  5. Lovely birds, and so often overlooked, as you say.

  6. I can still say easily wow. I just love their colours and their 'personality' :)
    Lovely shots as usual, especially that golden lady and the tail feather :)

  7. yea, I love the golden one too. She is special. Thanks for visiting.

  8. I agree about the something different! I simply enjoy watching all birds! If I find differences in the most common varieties, that is a wow factor! You have done just that! Great photos!

  9. Wonderful shots of the variety of Mallards. I had never heard of a Golden Mallard before. She is beautiful.

  10. I love the flight photo. It looks like a painting - wouldn't mind having it on my wall. Nice post!

  11. Got Nytt År på dig! Många av de här avvikande änderna kommer från Öster-Malma har jag hört. Där har de tydligen blandat om lite för en del år sedan och det fortsätter att visa sig på vissa ex.Men det kan säkert dyka upp spontana färgändringar också.Det här urblekta tillståndet kallas för leucism. Jag kommer ihåg när jag såg en sådan sånglärka. Jag funderade länge på vad det var för slags lärka innan jag kom på lösningen.

  12. Greetings from rain soaked Southern California.

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    May God bless you and your family in 2011 ~Ron

    And always remember... Smiles don't have to be saved for a rainy day. It's good to waste them :-)

  13. tack för upplysningen ölandsvindar!

  14. OH! Thank you for telling about this mallard female with different colouring! Funny but I have never noticed them before.


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