Mallards at Carrollton’s Woodlake Pond. Notice the unusual stance the ducks take when in repose. I did a quick Google search to see if I could discover why Mallards sleep standing on one foot with their heads turned backwards. None of the answers I found were very satisfying, but the ones I judged to be the best seemed to suggest that it was a warmth conversation strategy. A duck’s bill and feet are unfeathered. Keeping them close to the body and/or under the cover of feathers could slow heat loss through these uninsulated appendages.

Mallard - Strategies

Mallard - Strategies

Mallard - Strategies

Mallard - Strategies

Mallard - Strategies

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date Nov 13, 2011
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Clear
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Resting
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
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