Most of us like the comical nature of ducks. These are a few photos in my collection that I thought I would reshare today.
A duck's bill is specialized to help it forage in mud and to strain food from the water. A hard nail at the tip of the bill helps with foraging, and the lamellae, a comb-like structure on the sides of the bill, strains small insects and crustaceans from water.
Ducks are omnivorous and will eat grass, aquatic plants, insects, seeds, fruit, fish, crustaceans and other types of food.
Ducklings younger than 10 days tend to swim and walk as a group, always close to their mother, to avoid the attack of predators.
Most duck species are monogamous for a breeding season but they do not often mate for life. Instead, they will seek out new mates each year, choosing the healthiest, strongest, best mate who can help them pass on their genes to a new duckling generation.
Ducks are outgoing, social animals who feel most at ease when they're in a larger group of other ducks.
Ducks are birds. Ducks are also called ‘waterfowl’ because they are normally found in places where there is water like ponds, streams, and rivers.
Ducks can live up to 20 years, depending on the species and if well cared for.
The production of eggs is affected by daylight. When there is more daylight, the ducks will lay more eggs. To prevent this from happening, farmers use artificial lighting so that the ducks have about 17 hours of light a day to produce eggs efficiently.
The eggs will hatch within 28 days normally, except for the Muscovy duck which takes about 35 days to hatch. The mother duck will keep her brood of ducklings together to protect them from predators.
Ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for more than 500 years, and all domestic ducks are descended from either the mallard or the Muscovy duck. Mallards, especially, are easy to crossbreed with other types of ducks, and mallards often hybridize with all types of ducks at local ponds.
Because of their familiarity and comic nature, ducks are often featured as fictional characters. The two most famous fictional ducks are Disney's Donald Duck, who premiered in 1934, and Warner Bros.' Daffy Duck, who premiered in 1937. Ducks have also been spokesbirds for companies or featured in advertising campaigns, and some ducks are even mascots for schools, businesses or sports teams.
I do love ducks and knew only the first lines of that poem. thank you.ReplyDelete
You are very welcome and thank you :)Delete
I really enjoyed your ducks photos and the poem. Great info and post, thanks for sharing. Take care, enjoy your day!
That’s great Eileen, thank you and I wish you the same :)Delete
Beautiful photos and I like the poem too. Thanks for all the info Denise! :)ReplyDelete
You are very welcome and thank you Martha :)Delete
The mallard, of course, is the one I'm most familiar with.ReplyDelete
It has been a long time since I have seen any kind of a duck. Soon I hope :)Delete
They are awesome!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Anne, I think they are also. I love ducks :)Delete
Very interesting facts, I like how they are waterproof, it gives one such a respect for nature.ReplyDelete
Thank you Christine:) and I agree.Delete
It has been a while since I saw a living duck. Usually, I cook a duck from the store. Haha.ReplyDelete
All the ducks are flying in another direction ;)Delete
Interesting info here and I love the poem. Have a good day DianeReplyDelete
So glad Diane, you have a good day too :)Delete
Thank you for a very interesting post with all the information.ReplyDelete
I also enjoyed the poem and seeing your photographs.
All the best Jan
You are very welcome Jan, glad you found it interesting. All the best to you too :)Delete
beautiful ducks, of course the mandarin is my favorite. we have a "transplant" in central park in new york city that has gotten a lot of attention!!ReplyDelete
Hi Debbie, how wonderful it would be to see one of these on a regular basis. I will have to do a search on any articles.Delete
I like all of your ducks! A few years ago we had a mama duck and six baby ducks in a pool and they will wood ducksReplyDelete
Thanks Sandra, they would be wonderful to have as pets. We had rabbits, a cat and a dog, all very much loved. I would have enjoyed giving a home to a family of ducks :)Delete
Mallard is found pretty much worldwide. It is extremely common in your native England, where ironically the Mandarin Duck maintains its stronghold, with populations there exceeding those in Asia whence it originated.ReplyDelete
That's very interesting David. Thank you for the info.Delete
I do love the coloring of the Mandarin duck. I guess we have a Hawaiian duck called a koloa, but the coloring is not quite as pretty.ReplyDelete
Yes they are beautiful aren't they? I will do a search on the koloa. You have peaked my curiosity. Thank you :)Delete