Friday, March 6, 2015

Ugly Duckies

These ducks were a lifer for me, not that they were a great prize to spot. They inhabited the salt water canal that ran along behind our rented house in Florida. The brochure supplied by the owners on canal inhabitants identified them as muscovy ducks. Also included in the brochure were photos of manatees that apparently come in the canals to bear young but not a one was seen.
Loved the green feathers on this one's back.
The brochure discouraged feeding the muscovies because then they would have help surviving, have lots of babies and add lots of duck poop to the canals. Made sense to me. 
However when I walked down on the dock with camera in hand they zoomed right over - so someone must have been feeding them!
You can see why I found them ugly duckies.
Not at all like this graceful water dancer I photographed at home in Ontario.
I'm linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters

29 comments:

  1. Interesting ducks - and I love the mallard dancing.

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  2. Those Muscovy ducks are a bit warty looking, aren't they? Love the dancing mallard shot.

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  3. Yes, the poor fellows do look... ugly.
    The last shot is really beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  4. Yes, I have to admit, he is NOT the most handsome duck I've seen....

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  5. Yes they always looks like they have carbuncles on there head but the Mallard is a good looking duck. Have a lovely weekend.

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  6. Good Morning, Judith. Congrats on your Muscovy Duck lifer..They do have an ugly face. It seems people just do not read the signs about feeding the wildlife. Great capture of the Mallard..Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

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  7. People do insist on feeding ducks with stuff which is unhealthy to them, bread mainly.
    Muscovy Ducks aren't the most handsome of creatures but they have a certain charm.

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  9. we used to have a small flock of muscovies here, but when we rescued two young dogs off the road and brought them home, they eliminated them. of course, we have tons of whistling ducks now, and a few other varieties of wild ones.

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  10. The Muscovy are rather odd looking ducks aren't they. Great photos of them.

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  11. Odd looking ducks they are...must be why Kim doesn't show them up close. She mentions them, but usually focuses on Papa Goose and also the swans. It must have been a little challenging not to feed the ducks as it is such a companionable thing to do. Oh Kim blogs at Imagery by Kimberly. Gotta love the colors on your graceful dancer there.

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  12. Muscovies are interesting ducks and behave a lot like mallards. Sometimes they fly north with mallards (weird, eh?) and I actually spotted one in small holding pond in a new housing development a couple of years ago. It took me a while to identify it because they are not in any of our Ontario bird books.

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  13. You took great photos of both ducks. I can understand the why we are asked not to feed them. I would imagine it might also interfere with their normal migratory patterns.

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  14. Yes the last one is a lot better looking.

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  15. The Mallard is much prettier than the Muscovy. I think it is interesting to see all the details and differences in the way God created each animal. Such creativity.

    Deanna

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  16. It is a shame that you didn't get to see a manatee, but the ducks are entertaining! xx

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  17. Yes, FLorida.... blah, blah, blah! I snowshoed in knee-deep snow today! participaction!

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  18. An interesting duck indeed almost with a vulture face. I am sure people feed them even though they shouldn't. Too bad you didn't see any manatees.

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  19. Such an interesting type of duck!

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  20. You are so right, ugly duckies, but wonderful pictures !

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  21. The one duck looked like he had a pair of glasses on. I learned something today because I had not heard of these kinds of ducks before. Very interesting!

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  22. That is a fascinating looking duck .. quite the head colours and features. It's nice to spot a lifer bird and get great photos of them.

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  23. Great photos...but I agree...NOT the prettiest of ducks...lol.
    Have a great week, Judith.
    Debbie
    xo

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  24. The Muscovy ducks visited Lake Siri in West Virginia in the fall-winter of 2013. Unfortunately, it was a brutally cold winter and I don't think they made it through January.
    ~

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  25. They're quite strange looking ducks. People do seem to like to feed ducks and swans and mostly with the wrong things.

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  26. I never saw a muscovy duck before!- The red markings on its on its face are very unusual.

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  27. Hi Judith. I hope I am not wrong. Mosaic Monday?

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  28. We keep ducks, and had a Muscovy at one time. They are the very best ducks to keep if you want a mama duck to hatch out & brood ducklings ( they also provide a very rich dark meat if you're into raising ducks for meat ) . They do have unattractive faces , but they have qualities that compensate for that. Unfortunately our Muscovy hen was quite the flying duck and after a few nights of hearing her on our roof we decided the noise and duck poop on the roof were very good reasons to re-home her. We still keep ducks, but no Muscovies !

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