August 2, 2020

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This common, drab-looking female mallard decided to confidently flash me her colors, sharing one of her not so common secrets-iridescent feathers. The refraction of incident light is caused by the microscopic structure of her feather barbules. As she deftly used the wavy waters to adjust her angle to the sunlight so as to clue me in to her personal classified information, the refracted light danced and shimmered between red, violet and purple.