Sunday ducks

Honey is still here, along with Dorothy and her six babies—as well as a buttload of other ducks that I try to feed just enough to keep them away from the ducks we really want to feed.

We’ve learned to recognize some of the more unusual mallards.  I mentioned Salvador the other day—a mallard drake with a Dali-esque moustachio.  I’ve never seen a drake with black markings like these beside his bill, and they’re symmetrical. So here are some photos of this picturesque drake. (Another feature is that he has an image of a drake on his bill, as a reader pointed out.)

Right side:

Left side. Note that the mustache is symmetrical:

Front view:

Front view showing miraculous image of himself on his bill:

Another front view:

And here’s a 3.7-minute video of a drake preening himself. I find it strangely soothing, and it also shows you how meticulous they are. Part of grooming involves loading up their beak with oil from a gland at the base of their tail, which they then spread over all their feathers to waterproof them.

 

3 Comments

  1. jezgrove
    Posted August 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Salvador is certainly an unusual drake! His namesake famously had an ocelot, Babou, as a pet: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dalí#/media/File%3ASalvador_Dali_NYWTS.jpg

  2. Posted August 30, 2020 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    This is such a fun and lovely post. Salvador is a most handsome fella! Thanks, PCC(E)!

  3. Steve Gerrard
    Posted August 30, 2020 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Well I like Salvador, even if he doesn’t draw as many comments as Honey.


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