Wild Bird Wednesday #60
Mallards of the Botanical Gardens
Strangely, they all look the same. No distinctive marking showing the difference between male, female or juveniles. That is because Mallards, like other ducks, shed all their flight feathers at the end of the breeding season and are flightless for 3–4 weeks. They are secretive during this vulnerable time, and their body feathers molt into a concealing brown “eclipse” plumage that can make them hard to identify. It is that time of year, Folks ... fall is upon us. My favorite season :)
If you look closely, you will see some colorful feathers growing on this little male ...
Have a Wonderful WBW!