Yes, I'm serious...
I thought there was something wrong with the camera or my eyesight was going bad. I have taken many pics of Mallard Ducks, during various angles of when the sun is shining, so it's not the irridessence of the feathers either. I was relieved to see a few online sites confirm that there are some Blue Headed Mallards out there!
DH took me for a ride and as we were passing on of the local parks, we saw a flock of about 20 of them near the roadside...VERY Cool!
Lots of people viewing but no comments...
I suspect part of it is that a lot of people distrust tinyurl links - you can't identify the real name of the website you are being taken to, so it might turn out to be an unsafe site. Always best to post the original direct link.
Thanks for your link :)
Based upon that info, then I still say, in layman's terms, that there must be a miniscule difference/mutation in the feather's reflectivity to light of the blue headed Mallards vs the green headed Mallards.
I have seen many green headed Mallards in my 51 years, and never saw blue headed ones ever til yesterday...and neither did my husband. We have seen Mallards in all different sunlight varients and on cloudy days, swimming around and waddling from all angles.
These 2 links I attached in my initial post (I'm now posting the original link addys) also gives me comfort in #'s...knowing that I am not the only individual seeing what my husband and I are seeing...
Please read entire thread in this forum entirely...it's not too long...especially the last post... http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=675963
I will go to my grave believing that there is a difference in the feathers of certain Mallards which instead of them being irridecent to green, they turn blue/purple. I wish I was a scientist and could catch one of each of these Mallards and do a study on the feather structure of each.
I'm just grateful that there are a few others besides my husband and I who believe in blue headed Mallard Ducks! :)
This afternoon at Northwood Park, there were about 300 Mallards in a small area of open water, and on the surrounding ice. It was a bright sunny day. From my vantage point the ducks on the left had blue heads. The duck on the right were at a different angle to the sun, and had green heads. Near the center there was a transition zone as the ducks moved through the colors changed. I find it hard to believe anyone could think it was anything other than iridescence! At time the color can also appear Black.
A Blue headed Mallard from the left side of the pond.
What can I say?
How long have you been a birder? Myself...this is my 3rd year. I am familiar with irridesence of feathers. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have a gorget that goes from black to red for example, depending on the light. I am aware of it...along with many other birds.
However, all my life I have always seen Mallards with just green heads...all of my life...51 years of it. So when I saw blue heads for the 1st time, I had to go to my field guides to look for a blue headed duck!
Laugh if you must, I don't mind. Even my husband who was with me couldn't believe it either. When we got home put the pics I took onto the pute. There were green and blue headed Mallards...that is what I believed...period. I then checked online and saw others pics...and their believing that there are blue headed Mallards. So, then my husband and I thought, well, I guess we aren't the only crazy ones.
So, a couple of days ago as I was going throught the pics on the GBBC site, there was a Mallard with a blue and green head. Well, what do ya know. That pic is what convinced me...nobody could have convinced me by telling me or my husband. Why? Because of pics I saw of Mallards with their heads facing the same direction...one blue and one green.