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Mallard Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos).  The Mallard is a wide-ranging, “surface feeding” duck, meaning that it tips over to eat plants, snails, and insects in shallow water, but does not dive very deep.  The male can be recognized by its distinctive glossy green head, white neck band, and rusty colored breast.  The female is a mottled brown. 

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes