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Mallard Port Orange Beauty

Deborah Benoit

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Rome, PA - United States

Beautiful treatment, Deborah. v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you David!

Portsmouth, NH - United States

He is glorious in his beautiful features! v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Marcia!

Lebanon, OR - United States

This is a wonderful Mallard image Deborah... lovely colors on him. :-) FV

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much Nick!

Lyon - France

You so lovely created this work, Deborah! Beautiful use of colors! F,V&G+

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much for your lovely comment EMONA!!

Long Beach, CA - United States

Beautiful details, beautifully captured, and processed, Deborah! f/v

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Heidi!

Portland, OR - United States

Great image...v

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Steve!

Charlotte, NC - United States

Beautiful capture, Deborah! f/v

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Sue!

Salt Lake City, UT - United States

I like the semi-surreal textures and colors. Very cool!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much!!

Aliso Viejo, CA - United States

Beautiful piece of artwork Deborah! I love the digital touch! Wow! V/F

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much!

San Tan Valley, AZ - United States

beautiful image Deborah! I love to watch them when they decide to swim in my pool!!! lol! V&F

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much Carla!!

Cherokee Village, AR - United States

Fantastic Shot! F/V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Rick!

Smithfield, VA - United States

F/V This is fantastic Deborah. Thanks for your comments about the "Orange....." painting and others. Blessings to you. F/V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Anne! Blessings to you!

Houston, TX - United States

Stunning image Deborah! f/v

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Tessa!

Grand Forks, BC - Canada

Looks like a painting!! Awesome work!! F/V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Barbara!

Rome, PA - United States

Lovely and congratulations on your feature, Deborah. v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you David!

Dortmund, NR - Germany

Wonderful painterly image Deborah - Chris (F/V)

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Chris!

Ourimbah, N. - Australia

Fantastic work and detail!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Lynn!

Mesa, AZ - United States

This is a beautiful capture - the details are beautiful. v

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Marcia!

Moncton, NB - Canada

A truly excellent capture.

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you PJ!

Morehouse, MO - United States

Wonderful capture and processing!!! v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Debbie!

Lithia, FL - United States

Cool textures!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Carol!

Clinton, MN - United States

Great job..v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Lo!

Duluth, GA - United States

Nice!!! v/f.

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Cheryl!

Franklin Square, NY - United States

Deborah, Fantastic photo of this mallard the details are remarkable and the colors are outstanding. I was going through the group, USA Artist News promo thread favorite and voting images and commenting on some but this just stuck out and I had to comment on how perfectly you have captured this mallard in all his glory. Love how you see that eye on that green colored head. In addition, the details of the layers of feathers and a great write up in the description box. Amazing photo great work, voted, favorite, google, tweet and FB promoted

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much John for taking the time to do that and for your comment!

Norwich, No - United Kingdom

Oh! Debz loved what you've done with this,it feels like a watery texture F/V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so very much Valz!!

Bay Area, CA - United States

What a gorgeous capture, Deborah! Cute duck, gorgeous lighting :)!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Xueling! :)

Wynnewood, PA - United States

Super image, Deborah, VF!...and fascinating description, somehow reminiscent of our own species...

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Byron!

Folsom, CA - United States

Wow!!! Love the treatment on the Mallard. voted!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Rima!

Greensboro, NC - United States

Great capture and artwork, Deborah, f/v.

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Sandi!

Cherokee Village, AR - United States

Great capture! F/V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Rick!

Reno, NV - United States

Beautifl Mallard, lovely technic, wonderf story of the mallard! V/F.

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Phyllis!

Boise, ID - United States

v/f

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Sandi!

Selah, WA - United States

Deborah this is a beauty

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Jeff!

Fort Collins, CO - United States

Simply PERFECT!!!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Ric!!!

Portrush - United Kingdom

Awesome work Deborah! v/f!

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Roy!

Livonia, Mi - United States

Both the duck and your image are so very handsome, Deborah.

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Ann!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

that is amazing! wonderful details. V

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you Joan!

New Orleans, LA - United States

Deborah, What amazing detail you have captured in the bird! Gorgeous colors, too. voted

Deborah Benoit replied:

Thank you so much Cheri!

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Title

Mallard Port Orange Beauty

Artist

Deborah Benoit

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Photograph - Original Art By Deborah Benoit

Description

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, at which time she is left by the male who joins up with other males to await the moulting period which begins in June. During the brief time before this, however, the males are still sexually potent and some of them either remain on standby to sire replacement clutches (for female Mallards that have lost or abandoned their previous clutch) or forcibly mate with females that appear to be isolated or unattached regardless of their species and whether or not they have a brood of ducklings.
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The nesting period can be very stressful for the female since she lays more than half her body weight in eggs. She requires a lot of rest and a feeding/loafing area that is safe from predators. When seeking out a suitable nesting site, the female's preferences are areas that are well concealed, inaccessible to ground predators, or have few predators nearby. This can include nesting sites in urban areas such as roof gardens, enclosed courtyards, and flower boxes on window ledges and balconies more than one story up, which the ducklings cannot leave safely without human intervention. The clutch is 8 - 13 eggs, which are incubated for 27-28 days to hatching with 50-60 days to fledgling. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch. However, filial imprinting compels them to instinctively stay near the mother not only for warmth and protection but also to learn about and remember their habitat as well as how and where to forage for food. When ducklings mature into flight-capable juveniles, they learn about and remember their traditional migratory routes (unless they are born and raised in captivity). After this, the juveniles and the mother may either part or remain together until the breeding season arrives.[citation needed]
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When they pair off with mating partners, often one or several drakes end up "left out". This group sometimes targets an isolated female duck, even one of a different species, and proceeds to chase and peck at her until she weakens, at which point the males take turns copulating with the female. Lebret (1961) calls this behaviour "Attempted Rape Flight" and Cramp & Simmons (1977) speak of "rape-intent flights". Male Mallards also occasionally chase other male ducks of a different species, and even each other, in the same way. In one documented case of "homosexual necrophilia", a male Mallard copulated with another male he was chasing after the chased male died upon flying into a glass window. This paper was awarded with an Ig Nobel Prize in 2003.
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Mallards are opportunistically targeted by brood parasites, occasionally having eggs laid in their nests by Redheads, Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Cinnamon Teal, Common Goldeneyes, and other Mallards. These eggs are generally accepted when they resemble the eggs of the host Mallard, although the hen may attempt to eject them or even abandon the nest if parasitism occurs during egg laying. Mallards of all ages (but especially young ones) and in all locations must contend with a wide diversity of predators including raptors, mustelids, corvids, snakes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, turtles, large fish and felids and canids, including domesticated ones. The most prolific natural predators of adult Mallards are Red Fox and hawks, although both kill far fewer than human hunters.

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