In the realm of waterfowl, not all that are manky are malign. Many domestic Mallards do indeed offend the eye with their mutant messiness, though Muscovies are even worse in that regard. Some domestic duck breeds, however, present new forms of beauty unseen in their wild counterparts. This sexy Saxony hen from the Grantham Canal at West Bridgford, Nottingham, generously shared by Mike Fuller, presents a perfectly pulchritudinous and pale plumage any birdwatcher should be pleased to behold. And, like most domestic ducks, she presents a lot more of it that the wild ducks she towers over!
Mallards are among the most mutable bird species in the world. I recommend paying more attention to the manky ones… you really never know what you’ll find! Be sure to share your best sightings here.