Photos of readers

The tank is empty, dry, sans contributions. It will end unless some enterprising readers send me pictures and captions.

In the meantime, here’s a lovely mallard (not in breeding plumage) whom I’d like Honey to accept as a boyfriend. His name is Rudolph (after Valentino) because of his great beauty: dark plumage, very large size, smooth olive/yellow bill, bright orange feet, lovely feathers and a gorgeous blue-violet speculum.

Sadly, he is a timorous duck and Honey would never accept such a weenie. He does like me, though, and comes up next to me for extra noms when I’m feeding the others. But he’s easily chased away by the other ducks.

Say hello to Rudolph (click to enlarge):


  1. Karen Fierman
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    You are too funny and sweet. But, yes, we girls tend to go for bad boys, alas.

  2. Posted August 12, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps when Rudolph is resplendent in his breeding plumage, Honey will change her mind.

  3. Posted August 12, 2020 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Rudolph may just be a geek (can a duck be a geek?). He needs to find a female who can appreciate his true worth. If Honey can’t do that, well… too bad for her!

  4. Terry Pedersen
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    He is a stunning handsome duck!

  5. boudiccadylis
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I suspect Honey needs someone like Errol Flynn as opposed to Mr Peepers.

  6. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I notice with the urban ducks down here in Wichita, they stay in groups this time of year. A couple of pairs but mostly groups.

  7. Posted August 12, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Rudolph might be Honey’s progeny. After all, one so beauteous might take after the Queen, the fairest in the land. So…. leave well enough alone.

    • Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

      The thought had crossed my mind, but I don’t think Honey’s progeny would be meek. As the duck farmer told me last year, “Honey raises bullies!”

      • Posted August 12, 2020 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        Have you forgotten the bashful Phoebe who didn’t quite fit in with her other siblings and who stuck by her mother’s side late that year?

  8. Bruce E Lyon
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful plumage, reminds me of the Norwegian Blue Parrot!

  9. Mark R.
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Awwww. A sweetie, that’s for sure.

  10. jedijan
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Except the Norwegian Blue has a preoccupation in pining for the fjords and pretending to be dead.

  11. Dom
    Posted August 13, 2020 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    I see a duck not a drake!?

  12. eric
    Posted August 13, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Could be not completely adult yet (i.e. first year duck). Or as uninteresting says, maybe he’s not aggressive simply because it’s not breeding season.

  13. jhs
    Posted August 13, 2020 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Hello, Rudolph.

    There are bullies in duck’s world!? 🙂

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