This Mallard female struck me as a strikingly beautiful bird. The way the feathers on her back and sides are layered is unusually artful. Nature doesn’t give the females much to work with in terms of color. They don’t have the iridescent green heads, white necklaces, and other flashy dress of the males. Females just get brown and a bit of white accent here and there. This individual has used the palette nature gave her and made a work of art with it.