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I thought about this week’s photo challenge, community, as I took the following photo of a band of mallards flying in front of me.

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As you can see, they have a leader, and both males and females in that community follow him faithfully over the marshes. Did they elect him? Did he campaign and lie to win their votes?

How about the community of hooded mergansers below? Did they pick their leader by his looks?

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Finally, the following community of geese. Are they all asleep? Who is standing guard, if anyone? Note the hundreds of sleeping geese in the background.

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