A saw this strange apparition in the middle of a field of Smartweed at Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, Texas. The ground at this spot was inundated with about 8 inches of water at the time.

At first it was not obvious what this odd shape in the distance was, but as I drew nearer its identity was revealed. This lone sentinel was a male Mallard.

I’m not certain what he was doing or why he was alone in the middle of the field like this, but I gave him a wide berth in order not to disturb him further.

Mallard - Sentinel

Mallard - Sentinel

Mallard - Sentinel

Observation Details

County Dallas
City Garland
Date May 25, 2013
Time of Day Noon
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Overcast
Habitat Water-Lake
Type of Behavior Flying
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article American White Pelican Observation Location