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    Default This is my duck.

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    Its got 6 pups under thar too.

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    I would like to have some ducks again, they’re less reptilian than chickens.

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    interesting how ducks are always so well groomed, every feather in place, and yet you never see them using a mirror.

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    Black ducks breed here every year,



    several pairs usually, ours had 12 chicks, down to 9 by the time they got to be able to look after themselves.

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    Nice duck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    interesting how ducks are always so well groomed, every feather in place, and yet you never see them using a mirror.
    OK now I'll be thinking all day about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    interesting how ducks are always so well groomed, every feather in place, and yet you never see them using a mirror.
    You live in OREGON. There are LOTTA ducks looking in the mirror!!!




    Seriously... one of my h.s. girlfriends had ducks. They would wander in the back door, into the mudroom/half-bath and jump up on the counter to look in the mirror.

    I wonder if THIS is what they saw...




    All of Lee's silliness aside... Joh, that is one gorgeous duck!!!
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    Yaaas, our mallards have come in the house a couple of times, pics elsewhere. The first ducklings are ground effect flying now, down to 7 from 12. A second crop of 13 turned up a week ago while I was away, now down to 6. Big attrition on the second clutch.

    One of my ducklings with duck ducklings.
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    Ah.. What the heck...
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    I think it was Lee who pointed out they were runner ducks....

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    this is my duck
    this is my duck
    i nehhh-ver traaaavel
    without. my. duck.

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    Rattling the teacups.

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    What f....messes with the ducks? If it’s a cat, I might put my finger on the scale.

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    Ducklings are just little fluffy pies for pretty much any predator or otherwise. Drakes kill them to remove competion , heron, eels, stoats, hawks, pukeko(swamp hen) and no doubt cats and some dogs.
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    I used to be a Duck and Pheasant hunter but haven't for about 35 years.
    Certainly no interest these days.
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    I raised many an orphaned duckling when I was a child. They really do make great pets and companions. I miss having Mallards around, but there way too many predators around here to even consider raising any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    I raised many an orphaned duckling when I was a child. They really do make great pets and companions. I miss having Mallards around, but there way too many predators around here to even consider raising any.
    That makes me wonder what the difference between wild and domesticated actually is. These units are wild ducks with some assisted living, or thats how I see it anyway. My logic being that if I can grow them fast and healthy they'll be more resistant to predation. Just a little bit quicker maybe, so I chuck some corn/ pea/seed their way.
    It's interesting, there's always one that lags or or is a bit more independent, that's the one that gets picked off. A lesson for WWII convoy strategists to be found in duckling squads and bait fish balls. Absorbed, assimilated and enacted , we're watching you , wolf pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
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    Its got 6 pups under thar too.
    What's the blue thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
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    Its got 6 pups under thar too.

    a finr looking duck. What variety is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    What's the blue thing?
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    in a motel one night when i was a kid, sharing a bed with my brother, in the middle of the night he exclaimed excitedly "it's a mallard!" he grew up to be a stream ecologist, and i grew up to have insomnia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    It's interesting, there's always one that lags or or is a bit more independent, that's the one that gets picked off.
    those are the ones I almost always brought home from the nearby marina. We would raise them till fully grown and then release them back to the wild. It did not take long for them to go from home pets to part of the flock again. Of course the marina ducks were already very friendly with people and made the rounds for hand outs, so it was probably not much of a stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    What's the blue thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    What f....messes with the ducks? If it’s a cat, I might put my finger on the scale.

    Lost two indian runner ducks to a horned owl. After the first one disappeared we suspected the raccoons but there was no evidence. One midsummers night the chickens raised a fuss and I went running out the backyard to see what was up. Damned owl went right over my head with his 6-foot wing span lit up by the porch light. I dropped to the ground and let out a not very manly scream. Never had any more ducks, though I kinda liked them because they didn't make any noise and had delicious eggs. The problem was they would never follow the chickens into the roost in the evening so we just left them outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    What's the blue thing?
    If you blow it up you can see she's got her wing stretched down to cover the 6 ducklings she's sitting on.

    They're common mallard, evidently there's been a lot of interbreeding with the grey duck, but I don't know anything much about them or if that's the case here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    those are the ones I almost always brought home from the nearby marina. We would raise them till fully grown and then release them back to the wild. It did not take long for them to go from home pets to part of the flock again. Of course the marina ducks were already very friendly with people and made the rounds for hand outs, so it was probably not much of a stretch.
    It's spring here , so a lot of fledglings of different species hopping out of the nest early. Honestly I don't know how any survive.
    A month ago we found a dead heron fledgling blown out of its treetop nest. A bit bigger than a gull.
    And two weeks ago we were talking to some visitors in our little home orchard and a wood pigeon/ Keruru crashed through a tree and onto the ground about 4 metres away. That was a conversation stopper. It was shocked with a sprain or internal damage and made it about 75 metres hopping before I fetched a box and caught it. Took it off to bird rescue. It was a youth driver who misjudged the terrain or was high on fermented berries, it made it and we'll get it back and release it here in another 2 weeks.
    5.45 am here, just have a pair of kiwi screeching at each other 50 metres away right now. About as melodious as a dull, dry ,over speed drill bit into stainless steel blended with the knife scene from Psycho.

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    The birds are certainly enjoying the spring. I heard a rustling in the loquat tree and looked up to see a Kereru gorging himself only about 6' away from me. It looked like he was swallowing the loquats whole. Pleasing that a non-native tree is beneficial to them.
    By the time I got my phone to take a pic, he had enough and was gone.
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    They need to be more wily, no.6 met it's maker last night.
    So 7 covid clutch now, nearly flying and becoming a lot more wary, 5 miniatures.

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    Just went for a walk down the paddock to see if the dam's full- we've had nearly three inches of rain over the past couple of days. Resident flock of wood ducks flew off the water but there were other birds there I didn't recognise. Came back to the house and got the binoculars, checked 'em out and back to the house to identify them. Then back to the dam with the camera. Couldn't get within fifty yards as they were getting really nervous, and don't have a telephoto lens so the pictures were crap. Anyway- six of these guys- Plumed Whistling Ducks. Through the binoculars the ones on the dam all look to have mauve coloured bills though. Anyway, never seen them here before so another visiting species identified JayInOz

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    Plumed Whistling Duck?

    https://ebird.org/species/plwduc1


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    That's the critter- that one has the pretty bill too. Look more like small geese when they're moving around.

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    # 6 new gen got found , snuffed it unfortunately.
    Interesting that no signs of damage, piercings etc and it was left ie not eaten.
    I think it was killed by another duck.

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    Clutch 2 down to 3 now,
    Covid clutch #1 stable at 7 but becoming a lot more wary, which is good.
    Well, 'cept for one of them.
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    About 10 minutes ago I just felt like I might not be alone.....

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    Oh , and Clumpy, the one legged Californian quail lets me up to about 2 metres now.
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