A mallard hen takes flight on a cloudy spring morning.
I photographed this duck taking off from Lake Josephine in Riverfront Park, a popular bird-watching spot in Billings, Montana. Like most bird species, these ducks have subdued color patterns as compared to their male counterparts who are known for their shining emerald green heads. One trait they do share are the striking white, black, and indigo bands on their wing feathers.
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