Ducks

A very inquisitive mallard…

Female Mallard

The speculum feathers of male and female mallards are identical. They are thought to function as a visual communication signal between members of a flock. In addition to this, the metallic flash of the speculum feathers in direct sunlight may serve as a distraction to predators…

Female Mallard Speculum Feathers

In the Arctic, the camouflage plumage of female Common Eiders protects them from predators including polar bears, foxes and skuas…

Female Eider Feather Detail

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Male Eider Portrait