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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.