nathalie with an h said repeatedly she never sees anything more exciting than ducks when she visits White Rock Lake. Of course, one need understand she considers any creature to be a duck if it has wings and is located near water—let alone if it’s touching water.
But seeing ducks is anything but mundane, especially when this area proffers such a wide variety of these feathered beasts.
A male mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos).
A female mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos).
Blue-winged teals (Anas discors): one male and two females.
A male American wigeon (Anas americana).
A male ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis).
A male northern shoveler (Anas clypeata).
A male gadwall (Anas strepera).
Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola): Two males and two females.
A female lesser scaup (Aythya affinis).
A male lesser scaup (Aythya affinis).
A female wood duck (Aix sponsa).
A male wood duck (Aix sponsa).
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 I did not include photos of feral domestic populations (e.g., Muscovies, domestic Indian runners, etc.). Neither did I include photos of the various hybrid species living here (mostly mallards crossed with various other ducks).
 This is but a sampling of the species found at the lake. Indian runners, northern pintails, black-bellied whistling-ducks, ring-necked ducks, green-winged teals, canvasbacks, redheads, cinnamon teals, greater scaups and many other species can be found depending on the time of year.
 Most of these pictures are of drakes (male ducks). That’s because the females of many species greatly resemble female mallards—with a few minor differences, I mean. The northern shoveler female is smaller with a spatulate bill; the blue-winged teal female is smaller with bill color and minor plumage differences; and the list goes on. The diversity of the species is best represented by the males given their varied displays; only the careful observer would realize the differences presented in images of many females.
 The title “CM DUCKS” is from this silly word game I learned many moons ago as a child.
MR NOT DUCKS