20 October 2008

ménage à fois gras

Birmingham & Fazeley Canal / Birmingham, United Kingdom
The canal water was smooth as glass as this mallard drake went about its morning search for food - or whatever it is ducks do to occupy their time and energy. Although this male, with his unmistakable breeding plumage of green head, black rear end and yellowish orange bill might indeed have had something else on his mind. Was it that drab female mallard or perhaps the other dandy drake with him - or both? A ménage of duck duck duck. And stop rolling your eyes; mallards have rates of male-male sexual activity that are unusually high for birds. In some cases, as many as 19% of pairs in a Mallard population are male-male. What would Alfred Kinsey have to say about that!

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