October 20, 2016
Mallards Dabbling Near Shore on a Rainy Day
These Mallards were seen dabbling (as they do) around the Sapsucker Woods Pond shoreline. Easily recognizable, Mallards are one of the best examples of a sexually dimorphic species, meaning that males and females appear differently from one another. Sexual Dimorphism can manifest in a variety of interesting ways, including differences in color, shape, size and other secondary sexual characteristics. The most striking example in the Mallards' case is the differences in the male and female plumages. For most of the year, the dark green sheen of the head, ringed neck, pale body, and curved central tail feathers set male Mallards apart from their streaky brown female counterparts.