This water ballet consists first of wagging his tail; next, dipping his bill and flicking water by the quick upward movement of his head, creating a showy stream of water droplets. If the two are so inclined, the intensity of the dance will increase, and then drake apparently will have found success.
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CitationDon DesJardin, IBC1177296. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1177296.
Don DesJardin, IBC1177296. Video of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos at Ventura County, USA (United States). Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1177296.
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