Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Mallard Appreciation Day
Posted by Birding is Fun!
When I was a popcorn and bread-crumb duck-feedin' kid, I loved Mallards. One time, when I was about five years old, I was swinging on a handful of weeping willow vines out over the edge a of duck pond. The vines snapped and I fell into the shallow water. The water may have been shallow, but the mud was deep and I was certain that it was more duck pooh than mud. I still loved those ducks.
When I started birding, I quickly ticked Mallards off the bird trip list. When I become an eBirder, I counted them. Now that I endeavor to photograph birds, my thrill with drake mallards has been reinvigorated.
The smoothness of their feathers almost has a fluid quality and grace. Photos help you zoom in and enjoy the finer texture of the different feathers.
Strong yellow bills and bright orange feet! These common ducks are a color buffet!
Maybe one day I will discover a new found appreciation of the plain ol' brown female Mallard...maybe 'cause they're mothers.