• Ducks on Weir

    Image ID
    FOT205113
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    2.1 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3629 x 2413 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    307 x 204 mm
    12.1 x 8.0 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Mallards on weir, Castleton, Peak District Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) female hen drake common duck feathers mating pair paddling shallow water danger flow stock image stock photo
    Description
    The commonest and best known of all our duck, the mallard is a superb table bird, especially early in the season. The male has an iridescent bottle-green head and neck, separated from its chestnut breast by a narrow white neck ring. The underbody and wing coverts are predominantly grey with the characteristic white-edged, blue-purple speculum being a striking feature. Tail coverts are black with the four central feathers upturned. A greenish-yellow bill and orange legs complete the familiar picture. The female mallard is a much less colourful bird of mottled brown and paler underparts. Her bill is orange and the legs are somewhat weaker in colour than those of the drake but the iridescent speculum is common to both sexes. Juveniles and the male in eclipse plumage are similar in general appearance to the female. The mallard has a strong, fairly fast, level flight with rapid wing beats. It is one of the largest duck. The drake is normally silent in flight while the female emits the familiar low "quack".
    Uploader
    David Hudson
    Contributor
    David Hudson
    Date Taken
    2006-10-21
    Uploaded on
    2006-12-04
    Collection
    Animals - Wild: Birds
    Category
    Animals
    Sub Category
    Birds
    Setting
    Outdoor
    People
    Without people
    Gender
    Male, Female
    Dominant colour
    #606050