Breeding Pair of Mallards pond-side at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, California.
Deep in the hollow our vividly colored mallards have paired up for the season.
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Settling down on the water surface, Mallard Drake rises and thrashes his wings while throwing beads of water which appear as crystals mixed into a torrent of splashes.
Mallard Drake (left) and Northern Pintail Drake (right) paddling together as the daylight fades into sunset.
When you get the opportunity to catch as nice series of in flight images, particularly a Mallard in flight, shoot-shoot-shoot.