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.
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