Day 62: Dabbling Ducks

“Mallards are β€œdabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. They can be very tame ducks especially in city ponds, and often group together with other Mallards and other species of dabbling ducks.” (Source: All About Birds) Pictured: Female Mallard duck. To learn more about these birds click here

17 thoughts on “Day 62: Dabbling Ducks

  1. This is amazing Jackie and another one that looks a painting, especially the water; it’s just beautiful with all the reflections. And a poem from The Wind In The Willows came to mind – ‘Ducks’ Ditty’ 😊xx

    Ducks’ Ditty
    All along the backwater,
    Through the rushes tall,
    Ducks are a-dabbling,
    Up tails all!

    Ducks’ tails, drakes’ tails,
    Yellow feet a-quiver,
    Yellow bills all out of sight
    Busy in the river!

    Slushy green undergrowth
    Where the roach swimβ€”
    Here we keep our larder,
    Cool and full and dim.

    Everyone for what he likes!
    We like to be
    Heads down, tails up,
    Dabbling free!

    High in the blue above
    Swifts whirl and callβ€”
    We are down a-dabbling
    Up tails all!

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  2. They’re such cute little birds. On the pond in town that has a supported wetlands right across the street from it, there are always lots of these ducks. You can often see their little butts sticking up in the air as they look at the bottom for good tidbits of food. I love the reflections on the water in your picture.

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