Freckled Duck hatchlings have a uniform light gray-brown color, unlike the strong contrasting patterns of other duck young.
Siblings may stay together after fledging, which occurs at about 7 to 9 weeks of age.
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The Freckled Duck constructs a bowl-shaped nest made of plants and feather down.
Often built among reeds, tall vegetation around the nest creates a "screen" so incubating females are not easily seen by predators.
Image credit: Photograph by Phoebe Vaughan. © Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. All rights reserved.
Image location: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (Gloucestershire, England)