Honouring the Mallard
He is a handsome fellow. She has beautiful feathers and speculum.And the ducklings have lovely markings and like all babies, are so cute. How often have I heard myself when looking for ducks, say “Oh, its just a Mallard.” There are so many of them. But I remind myself that I would miss them terribly if they disappeared. I have watched the females with their young and they are quite protective, keeping the young ones close. I am lucky to be able to get close to them at the city ponds where they have accustomed themselves to the approach of humans and do not fly away like their country cousins. Rather than dismiss them I am taking the time to appreciate them today.