The Travels of Tug 44

Black Duck

The Black Duck is a lot like the Mallard, and they have been known to cross-breed with Mallards but they are a darker color. They make their living eating vegetation in the water, or grazing on shore. Their camouflage is so good that their black eyes are almost invisible in the dark patch on top of the head. Their dark coloring is an advantage in shaded forest pools. They have the blue mark on their wings, which is not very visible with the wings folded.   high-res

This is a Black Duck mated pair. The male has the yellow bill, and the female has a pale greenish bill.   high-res

They have spotted me, and being very shy, they paddle away, going up the Hudson River.   high-res

The Black Duck, a camouflage expert.

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