Taking a swim

A mallard drake takes advantage of the open water on the creek flowing out of Six Mile Lake in north Dickinson County. This male appears to have a purple head rather than the normal bottle green characteristic of the species. Several online sources indicate purple can be a natural variation for mallards, though how light plays off the head feathers is considered a factor as well in producing the appearance of purple rather than green. (Betsy Bloom/Daily News photo)


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