Tuesday, 21 February 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Let sleeping ducks lie.

I took this image of a Pacific Black Duck a while ago – I thought how peaceful it looked at the time. Its beady little eye watched me with the kind of open disinterest one often sees in ducks who are confident that you neither going to feed them or shoot at them either.

Like many of our native species this one has a bit of a cloud on the horizon – it comes in the form of the humble Mallard. The species can interbreed and in some places this mixing of genes is a threat to the PBD.

I’m rather fond of ducks – who could be un-cheered by a raft of them approaching your boat or bank side? - but I’d rather see them where they evolved instead of where we have taken them.

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Enjoy the birds.

23 comments:

darlin said...

Excellent shot Stewart, I also love watching the birds, any type of a bird will do! :-) Have a great week!

TexWisGirl said...

love that watchful eye. :)

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shot!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Stewart! I, too, love that watchful eye!! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Couldn't agree more with your statement!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

joo said...

Superb shot, Steward!

Carletta said...

Lovely shot!
I love the pattern of the feathers.

eileeninmd said...

Cute capture, with that one eye peeking out.

Andrew said...

A lovely capture Stewart..

Nadege, said...

Beautiful crisp shot.

Kateri said...

Interesting about the mallard interbreeding. (they are the most common wild duck where I live.) I like how calm teh duck appears to be...

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

He seems very relaxed and non-threatened by your presence.

mick said...

A great photo of the duck. It looks very relaxed and peaceful.

bailey-road.com said...

What a nice capture. He's a beautiful duck.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely picture of this handsome fella. One more thing to worry about environmentally !

holdingmoments said...

I love ducks Stewart, whatever their genes. Long may they evolve :-)

Springman said...

Love this shot in all its full sized glory. It is certainly a wonder that wild ducks are so wickedly shy and city birds become so pushy once they associate people with food. Still, they're smart not to completely trust us.
Cheers Stewart!

JDS said...

Love the picture. I have no idea how common ducks are in Australia, but over here in the U.S. they are everywhere, which makes for an interesting situation: Precisely because they are so common, people fail to appreciate how handsome they are!

If you are speaking of the same mallards we have, you are right to be concerned about their genetic prowess. They are so numerous and cross breed so readily with other ducks, that some species are supposedly in danger of being "hybridized" out of existence! Although I tend not to put much stock in predictions of environmental problems, I must admit that when it comes to mallards, my own observations don't do much to contradict the claims of the hyperbolists.

Carole M. said...

such a beautiful snapshot Stewart

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Stewart, it is a beauty and yes, peaceful!

Sue H said...

I love the ducks too. Very pretty setting, and he is keeping an eye on you!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely photo. I agree with you, i also prefer to see birds where they are meant to be. Over here our mallards (and they're native here!) interbreed and cause confusion!

NewMexiKen said...

Nice peaceful image!