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These Mallard Duck Pictures were taken mostly at the Naperville River Walk in Illinois. Duck pictures are so much fun to take. It really doesn't matter what season you choose to go walking. You will always be presented with ducks eating, swimming and playing.
We learned a sad lesson with the mallard ducks in our neighborhood. We had neighbors who liked to feed the ducks and it was fun to watch them waddle up the block to get their corn.
We missed our visitors when these neighbors moved so we took up the innocent habit of feeding the ducks ourselves. They would frequent our patio on almost a daily basis.
There were two in particular that would check to make sure we had put out their morning food.
Our cat would lay at the door and watch them eat. They were too big for her to capture. So we felt it was innocent entertainment for her to be amused by watching them.
Then one day we arrived home to discover one of them dead on our front lawn. At first we thought it was a ground animal. Then the hawk came back for his lunch. You can enjoy another story about these birds of prey on my hawk pictures page...
Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall will reveal a mallard duck or two. I often wondered if it is a myth that ducks migrate for the winter.
I have witnessed the v-shaped flight pattern of changing seasons. And the sky will be full of birds ready to fly south in colder weather.
And yet as you can see by the middle picture here, there is still plenty of photo opportunities in the air, or water.
Summer time does seem to bring a lazy feel to the air. If the ducks are not in the water, they are sure to be not far from it.
Springtime is the time to teach new babies how to swim the river. I loved following the growth of them all. There were even times when teen ducks would be leading younger ducks around.
The last two shots on this mallard duck pictures page are ducks my daughter raised from egg to adult. She had quite a flock for a little while. Unfortunately when it comes to ducks, there is no way of keeping them on the farm.
It is said that sometimes they come back. That was never the case for us. So one learned to enjoy them while they lasted.
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