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Pale Ducks

On Sunday afternoon I was walking round the large lake with Zoe when we saw this pair of pale brown, almost white ducks.  They seemed a bit smaller than the mallards that they were with, but this photo by Dave Appleton (halfway down this page at gobirding.eu) of a very similar bird in the Scilly Isles, suggests that they are probably a domestic breed of mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).

From the relative shapes of the heads I suspect that the one above is a male and the one below a female.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-01-03.

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