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Early today, six mallards were walking on thin ice, literally, at a partially frozen pond at the Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. Suddenty, two of them decided to take off.

Six mallards

Six mallards.ย If you look carefully on the larger version of this photo, you will see that three of these ducks are banded.

The rest deliberated for about a minute.

Four mallards: shall we?

Four mallards: shall we? All four of these ducks are banded.

Then they all flew up, one so fast that I could not catch it in the following photo.

Mallards

Mallards