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Mallard Duck
The conventional photograph of a Mallard shows the male bird with its striking iridescent green head and bright yellow bill. This picture shows the female bird with ducklings. The female can be recognised by the blue panel on its wings and the dark eyeline, also visible on the ducklings. Mallard are resident in Ireland and may be seen all year round. They feed on a wide variety of vegitable matter, insects and shellfish. Mallard breed in the area of the harbour producing 9 - 13 ducklings. When the ducklings hatch the female brings them to water and does not return to the nest. Numbers vary throughout the year as Mallard are a popular game species but you can always see a few hanging around the harbour.