Spring Ducklings

I believe these to be Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) but if I am wrong I don’t mind being corrected, I do have trouble with female duck ID at times and I appreciate all the help I can get with them.

Mallard and ducklings Mallard and ducklings – Nikon D300, f11, 1/500, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light

I photographed this family of ducks at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah earlier this spring. The duckling in the front seems more adventurous than its siblings. The clouds in the sky were reflected on the water and I found that very appealing.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Nice composition Mia. Cute ducklings.

  2. Beautiful shot, Mia. And yes, they are Mallards.

  3. The ducklings are so adorable! Great reflection of mom as well.

  4. I love the reflections of the ducklings on the water!

  5. Love the photo..brings back memories of the ranch in Oregon. We had mallards at the pond and they are such a delight. I agree, the clouds add an appealing touch to the whole composition. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Take care and have a great day..

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