Well I am sure most of you knew that was a male/drake Mallard duck. His color is more vivid during the months September through June. This is the mate searching season. They can fly during this time as well as the males get these bright feathers. After the breeding season the Drakes looses their feather, this makes it impossible for them to fly until August. That is why June and July you will see them at the same spot. Mallard drakes also loose their bright color heads, their green color becomes a dull shade.
They are found in the Northern Hemisphere as well as throughout Europe and Asia. Love the calm serene areas. In the winter they migrate to the south where there is no ice or snow. Kind of like the folks who weather out the winter in southern Florida.
An interesting fact for you is;
Although Mallards can dive under water they seldom do. So next time you see one diving in the water know you are viewing a rare event.
To view some baby mallards take a trip over to Auntie E's Yard& Garden, they are being featured today as part of a week long Water fowl Series.