At the end of January 2012, a beautiful, but odd, duck, arrived in the duck pond here. She really stood out, amongst the green headed, regular mallards … especially in the low midwinter sunlight. Of course, I took oodles of photos of her, she stayed a few days and then moved on. [I liked to think of it as a she … I have no idea what gender it was!]
I asked around in a Flickr group, that is usually very knowledgeable, I even sent in her picture to the newspaper, where they have the naturalist page on Saturdays … nobody seemed to know.
Yesterday, after a ‘conversation’ on a different subject, with Deb in the comments section here, I remembered a web site I’d browsed through, years ago, about «manky mallards», searched and was able to find it again. What I was really was looking for, was a picture that really stood out in my memory … a mix between a mallard duck and a northern pintail, one of the most beautiful and elegant ducks I’ve seen. Please, follow the links … there’s some beautiful, but odd stuff in there! Unless you suffer from anatidaephobia, that is 😀
Now, in all my browsing last night, for ‘manky mallards’ and hybrid ducks … what do I see if not my little «winter duck»! According to this web site, it’s a Saxony Duck. Their picture is almost identical to the ones I took, but when I googled Saxonian Duck, there seem to be a lot of varieties. Could perhaps be a hybrid between this Saxony and some other, smaller duck. In any event, she was gorgeous!
Here’s a selection of all the photos I took in our duck pond in Rockwood Park, Saint John, N.B. Please, click on a picture to bring up the gallery.