|On the left, a male black duck. On the right, a female mallard.|
I photographed some of their courtship postures last time. Today I took a few shots of copulation, which is brief and happens in the water. They ended their courtship displays with mutual head-pumping. Then she extended her head and got low and flat in the water.
|The male stepped onto the female's back. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see her head below the surface.|
|Grabbing her neck or feathers helps him keep his balance.|
|He maneuvered his tail under hers to make genital contact. Above water we see a single thrust.|
|It was over in moments. He stepped off. She floated up.|
|She enjoyed some post-copulatory splashing.|