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By ladynewbury
The mallard seems like such an innocent little duck.
Yet they’ve also got a sex life that would make even the most carnal Casanova blush, full of gang rapes!
While theoretically monogamous, mallards will often engage in what used to be called “rape chases,” but are now known as “forced copulations.” This involves several males chasing a female and then forcefully mating with her – an act that can result in the female’s death. Happily my female survived, to do it all again another day...oh well whatever turns you on they say 😉

As always, it's an honour to receive V's & C's and especially UA's. Thank you for those received for my blue tit image. pm's sent. Pam

Tags: General Water Mallards Breeding Colours of nature Wildlife and nature

Voters: Les_Cornwell, Steve-T, mike9005 and 62 more

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4066 Canada
11 Feb 2019 6:53PM
Never knew this was a "thing"

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11 Feb 2019 6:56PM
Excellent and interesting Pam,
11 Feb 2019 7:02PM
Excellent clarity, Pam. When I lived on a retirement park I witnessed this several times a day during mating season, felt so sorry for the females, they would be run ragged and then pounced on, not a nice spectacle.SadSadSadSad
11 Feb 2019 7:04PM
Great capture & title, Pam.
Your narrative adds great context too. Smile
Great capture Pam - had some really great duck meals when visiting Poland for work

Is the “ New Arrival “ date getting closer - hope things are going well

Superb image
pamelajean Plus
13 1.3k 2097 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 7:29PM
I used to watch this............a lot! Sometimes they would even drown the female.
The "rape" is, however, well captured, and demonstrates your narrative very well.
sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 7:30PM
beautiful shot pam
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 7:50PM
Definitely X certificate stuff Pam.
Peter GrinGrin
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
11 Feb 2019 7:52PM
Sex, drugs and rock and roll WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink Pam.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 8:30PM
As Ron said:
Quote:Sex, drugs and rock and roll ...

What a moment captured... Isabel GrinGrin
PhilT2 Plus
10 517 29 England
11 Feb 2019 8:33PM
This is new to me and shows nature at its most brutal. It is, however, a magnificent shot. Great colour and clarity. Well done Pam
I cannot say that I like the image but it is undoubtedly brilliant photography
Very funny looking image Pam you could have a hundred different titlles to this ! I have never seen this before all the drakes doing this!
11 Feb 2019 10:46PM
Typical behaviour. Well captured.
Fefe Plus
8 33 31 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 9:14AM
Awwwww......her face say's it all!
12 Feb 2019 9:31AM
Excellent capture of this flurried moment Pam , not been aware of this event
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
12 Feb 2019 3:32PM
How strange! Never knew this. Don't think I'd want to be reincarnated as a female duck! ☹ An unusual scene, but well captured and documented, Pam 👍
Trev 😀
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
12 Feb 2019 4:02PM
Every day that passes I discover how little I know of life.!!!!BlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlushBlush
12 Feb 2019 4:41PM
Must be something in the water! And I thought the singles bar scene was bad in my day . Feel sorry for her ,too bad the other females can’t rescue her . Stellar shot Pam
Cheers Walt
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
12 Feb 2019 5:20PM
Luvva duck PamSmile - wonderful colourful gathering.
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 7:23PM
J---- I've heard it all now!
12 Feb 2019 7:34PM
Poor little thing. So glad she survived Pam. Cathy
12 Feb 2019 8:10PM
Excellent birding , Pam!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile - Jukka.
KrazyKA 3 1.3k United Kingdom
13 Feb 2019 2:03PM
Awful behaviour 😱😱😱😱😱
Well, we live and learn.
Excellent capture Pam.

14 Feb 2019 3:27AM
So much for stories about duck monogamy.

And, a frat photo, Pam.

michaelo Plus
13 14 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2019 3:40PM
Pure raw nature,excelent wild behaviour capture!!!!
15 Feb 2019 9:53AM
Amazing capture, Pam.


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