They are probably our most common water bird but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful.
This one was particularly photogenic!
The Mallard is a sociable, adaptable and human-tolerant duck species found in many places throughout the world. I am especially fond of them simply because they remind me of happy childhood days spent feeding them and their fluffy duckings at the local park. It’s a habit that hasn’t diminished, even though I’m now much older and the ducks are several generations removed from the originals.