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.



  1. Elijah Goodwin June 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Nice composition Mia. Cute ducklings.

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Thanks Elijah, ducklings are always on my “Cute Alert”.

  2. Carol Mattingly June 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful. Carol

  3. Bob Zeller June 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

      Thanks for the ID help Bob and for your comment.

  4. Tammy Karr June 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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

  5. Prairie Birder June 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love the reflections of the ducklings on the water!

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

      Thank you PrairieBirder!

  6. Syl June 6, 2012 at 6:06 am

    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..

    • Mia McPherson June 10, 2012 at 6:36 am

      Thank you Syl, sometimes things just come together great.

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