This mommy Mottled Duck hurried her flock of chicks away as soon as I
began taking pictures. See how even the tiny chicks have the dark line
extending back from their eye (which helps to identify them.)
Both the male and female have a patch of deep blue-purple on their wing,
but it's hard to see unless they're flying, and they fly by so fast it's
hard to photograph it. This mommy Mottled Duck preened and stretched, so
I was able to capture a glimpse of the color:
This pair of Mottled Ducks flew by too far away to make a nice photo,
but it's the best one I have so far that shows the purple-blue spot on
their extended wings:
Usually when they fly by, they're too high in the sky to get a good view
of the upper surface of their wings:
I was delighted when this Mottled Duck went through a series of
stretches right in front of me:
Now that you're thinking about how very cute those ducks are....
remember that pair that flew by too far for a good picture? Here they
Those aren't spots on the lens! When you look up at the birds, remember
to keep your mouth closed.
These two older chicks were resting on a log. The duckling on the left
has its tiny wing out as if hugging its sleeping sibling:
The original Mottled Ducks page is here
Is this where the saying "Ducks in a Row" comes from?