Lady M, originally uploaded by gwendolen.

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is the ancestor of almost all varieties of domestic ducks. The mallard is a dabbling duck; it feeds mainly at the surface rather than by diving. They are strong fliers and walk well on land.

Puddle ducks spring straight up from the water when spooked. Diving ducks need to gain momentum to take off, so they must run across the water a short distance to gain flight.

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