Mallards Taking Advantage of the Surf

  • Mallards Taking Advantage of the Surf is a video I made on January 18, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska.
  • Of major interest in this video is what are they feeding on?
  • The high surf and the eddies it creates may concentrate certain food items floating on the water.
  • Also the surf may wash out items accumulated along the shoreline.
  • I took a very fine mesh net and swept it through an area where the Mallards were feeding near shore.
  • I took the results home and looked at it under a binocular microscope.
  • I could not find any invertebrates. The most likely food item were huge numbers of spruce seeds floating on the water.