Mallard

Mallard

Observation - Mallard - UK and Ireland. Description: I think this is a male Mallard just coming out of his eclipse. Males go through various moults at this time of year, during the first moult they lose there coloured feathers and gain the brown feathers and then they lose there flight feathers. They cannot

I think this is a male Mallard just coming out of his eclipse. Males go through various moults at this time of year, during the first moult they lose there coloured feathers and gain the brown feathers and then they lose there flight feathers. They cannot fly at this stage which suggest that this one has come out of the moult. It will now moult out its brown feathers and its coloured feathers will come back so that he can get on with finding his mate during the winter. I think this is correct if anybody can confirm