Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides)…

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The crest on Crested Ducks arose from a genetic mutation specifically bred into the bird by duck breeders. The mutation is  a deformed spot on the skull which gives rise to the topnotch. It seems a quarter of all Crested Ducks die when they hatch because the crest is not properly formed and leaves the duckling’s brain fatally exposed. They are cute though.

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Northern Shoveler…

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This species duck is named for its distinctive bill, which is well suited to skimming the surface for crustaceans and plankton. Also called spoony, smiling mallard, and poor man’s mallard. It too is considered a “dabbling” duck.

Blue-winged Teal…

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These ducks feed by dabbling in shallow water at the edge of marshes or open water. They mostly eat vegetative matter consisting of seeds or stems and leaves of sedge, grass and other weeds. Often seen upended while feeding on bottom vegetation. Based on the coloring, these are either females or juveniles.

Mallard Pair…

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