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Male Mallards, Mating

Observed: 18th April 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Mallards, male, mating, Rye Meads, 2013-04-18 001
Mallards, male, mating, Rye Meads, 2013-04-18 006
Description:

Both these birds seem to be males, though the bird below has a paler bill. Anyone know what's going on here? Is it a mature male and a young bird, perhaps from last year?

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts