This pair of Mallard Ducks floats along a small pond in the Cades Cove valley which is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I laid flat on the ground to capture this eye level view of both a male and female Mallard Duck. I like the water droplets on his head and neck and all the details in his feathers. Mallards usually form pairs (in October and November) only until the female lays eggs at the start of nesting season which is around the beginning of spring (early March to late May), at which time she is left by the male who joins up with other males to await the moulting period which begins in June.
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