Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallard, Scotland, September 1999 - click for larger image

Dunsapie Loch, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 1999

The first four photos are of males in various stages of eclipse plumage. The last two are of males in breeding plumage

Mallard, Scotland, September 1999 - click for larger image Although the general appearance approaches that of a female, the bill is yellow rather than orange with black and the breast is reddy-brown rather than buff.

There are some more photos available at the Berkeley Digital Library

Mallard, Scotland, September 1999 - click for larger image
Mallard, Scotland, September 1999 - click for larger image Mallard, Scotland, November 2000 - click for larger image Mallard, Scotland, November 2000 - click for larger image
Mallard, Scotland, February 2001 - click for larger image
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