A Quacking Good Time

Ducks at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

I was here in early March renewing my membership, and I always have an enjoyable visit. The ducks were an added bonus on this dreary and foggy day. Ducks, being ducks, did not mind the weather though.

“A very refreshing dip… let’s go again.”

It was 51°, cloudy with rain. I checked my weather calendar for March 8th. That thing is really handy. There will be no May calendar because of my travel schedule this month. No point in recording where I am traveling and since it would be pretty often, I did not get my friend to take photos and record the daily weather. But I will continue in June. I have images throughout May and will pop in a few for June.

“Dine here often?”

“I think she is trying to get us jealous with the flower images from inside. There is not a single leaf on the trees by our pond.”

Even inside it was a bit dreary, so no need to be envious of the weather inside my ducky feathered friends.

This is a Muscovy Duck, a tropical duck and the only one of its kind in this wild flock. I politely asked Mr. Muscovy to pose and he kindly obliged. See all the other ducks ignoring me?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service passed regulations in 2010 to reduce the population spread of feral Muscovy ducks. Native to Mexico and the tip of Texas, they have interbred with our native ducks.  Ducks in general are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but the federal government’s regulation gave ‘permission’ to the states to shoot and capture Muscovy ducks in order to ‘fix the amorous duck problem’.

This guy above is way out of his native territory since he is practically in Canada and did not appear to have a companion. Be safe big black, you really don’t blend in very well.

The orchid is to make Mr. Muscovy feel like home South of the border.

In a foot race, it pays to be the bigger duck. The crowd looks on.

They get low and pick up speed. I have to wonder what all the ducks think of the Golden Eye Duck (Hooded Merganser, corrected by Janet). He is such an odd-looking character, those eyes especially.

And the winner is…. and what a gracious winner she is.

Is this Cotyledon orbiculata? I forgot to get the name.

Duck pair harmonizing. Farm escapees, I bet they eloped. They are the only domestic Pekin ducks in this flock.

I am off for a quacking good time, so new posts here will be those prepared in advance. But in my absence, the upcoming posts in no particular order are:

  • GBBD-North-May 2012 – See lots of color in the upcoming GBBD post first on the 14th., the images were shot on the 4th., and that was the latest I could get them. My apologies in advance to anyone caring about ‘da rules’, ya do what you gotta do!
  • GBBD-South-May 2012 – A post from a former life.
  • W4W Harmony With Color – W4W on May 23 is Harmony. Make a little music and help to show the many ways to harmonize in design, garden and life. Life is a rainbow of color, so color YOU happy. No rules, just find your way to represent the word, Harmony.
  • It’s All A Matter of Taste
  • Pretty Tree Patrol
  • Freedom Crossing
  • Biological Pollution
  • A Quacking Good Time (your post today)

See you in a few weeks with posts from here and there.

Harmony in Red

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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17 Responses to A Quacking Good Time

  1. Victor Ho says:

    I didn’t know the facts about Muscovy ducks. And what about white ducks? If they mingle you’re not gonna get white anymore.

  2. gauchoman2002 says:

    Some great mallard shots. I forwarded this post to my Dad who greatly enjoys a pictures of a green duck noggin.

  3. andrea says:

    Those are lots of ducks. We have the muscovy and mallards here domesticated for commercial production. The eggs and meat are eaten my most people, except me, i am not most people, haha! That black Muscovy is so fat, thanks God it did not happen to come here or he will decipate in a few minutes. That one with the golden eye also has a unique head, it looks like an alien duck! Of course your photos are always super beautiful. Have a safe trip and God bless.

  4. Laurrie says:

    Wow, some great close up shots of these wild ducks, and some intersting info about the different kinds. Fascinating post and I always drool over your pictures!

  5. Great duck shots! We have tons of them around here, too, because of the lakes. I love the shot of the pair touching beaks. 🙂

  6. Love the pictures! The Hooded Merganser is a great picture!! Love the colors on the Mallards.

  7. GirlSprout says:

    Your blog makes me so happy it’s spring, whether or not you have photos of flowers. Have a great trip and love the flying duck photos.

  8. What a lot of ducks! Great shots of all of them. The Hooded Merganser is especially interesting. Very photogenic fellow. Happy & safe travels!

  9. Did they really use the words “amorous duck” problem—now that’s hysterical? Can’t wait for our trip to Asheville. I need a break.

  10. Barbie says:

    Oh how fun to see all these ducks – the hooded Merganser is sooo cute! Everyone says I should get myself some ducks, but I need space and water! Thank you for the this post – loves all the colour!

  11. I love you posts so much. I will keep my eyes pealed for ducks (other than Mallards) in the wetland. Enjoy your time away.

  12. Lovely duck pictures – there are definitely more male than female from what I can see – I expect that is because the females can have the pick of the crop for reproduction purposes.

  13. Very nice compositions. The clarity is superb.

  14. Sartenada says:

    Wow. Your photos are really photos to be admired. I enjoyed very much from those colorful flower photos.

  15. Have fun Donna…sad I won’t be joining you! Love the ducks!!

  16. Mac_fromAustralia says:

    Great photos. You make even relatively simply subjects so beautiful.

  17. The iridescence of the feathers is a phenomenon that, as a child, always fascinated me. To this day, I tend to think iridescent birds have the best plumage.

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