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Three times this duck has set on the nest. And twice it has ended in the nest being burgled.

But this third time she hid her nest really well, deep in the tall grass.

And now we have babies!

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Of many colors!

Phil has flown the coop, but these are his children.

Yesterday, there were five, but this morning when I went out to take pics, there was a cheeping sound in the tall grass near the nest.

After digging around a bit in the grass, I found some down. 

And the down moved.

And I pulled this thing out of the grass:

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I got it back with the rest.

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Phil is eclipse plumage.  All mallard ducks undergo a molting period in the summer in which they cannot fly. During this time, male wild mallards lose most of their ostentatious green feathers and look positively homely. Phil is a khaki Campbell cross with wild mallard, and when he goes into eclipse, he turns back to khaki.

It looks bizarrely moth-eaten for what was once fairly dapper duck with a green black head.

Like this:

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His concubines don’t seem to care that much:

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Phil is now going int eclipse plumage, and now he looks like he has mange.

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baby ducks

Zoom in. The little tan one tells you exactly who poppa is!

Only four made it out of the nest.

But they have a good mother, who will attack anything that comes near her babies.

 

 

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Phil mating with his sex toy.

I have no idea what the diving behavior is about.  Phil always liked to dive as a duckling, but this is the first time I’ve seen him do it as an adult.

Source.

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The two hens had their nests destroyed by an opossum, so they are back to foraging with the drake.

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