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Male Mallard Squabble

I had an idea something was going to happen as I watched a female and vocalizing male Mallard close in on another pair in a small pond.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

Quack, quack, and splash …

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

the dust-up was on.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

One of the females stayed near the action.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

I have no idea which duck was which at this point. I don’t know where the female Merganser appeared from, either, but she quickly retreated.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

Splish Splash Mallards

Mallards doing the Mallard bath in a pond, as can be seen throughout most of the United Sates and Canada. We rarely see Mallards in the other ponds we visit, but Magnolia Cemetery is more of an urban location where you would expect them to congregate.

Male Mallard Bathing
Male Mallard Bathing

The sun was perfect on this early February afternoon and the Mallards were enjoying an unseasonably warm day.

Female Mallard Bathing
Female Mallard bathing flanked by two males

After bathing they had a dead tree trunk to perch on, out of the water and with a good view of potential hazards. This pond does host a few Alligators, I have seen fox on the cemetery grounds, and a few Red-shouldered Hawks could be heard nearby.

Mallard Trio on Log
Mallard Trio on Log

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