January 3, 2020
I “think” this is a pair of Moscovy Ducks; however, I’d love inputs from our birders - if that’s the right name or not. Even though the heads and faces of this pair would not win any duck beauty pageants, their feathers are quite pretty. This was taken the last trip with Bill Boyd to White Rock Lake.
“If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.” ~ Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards
Thank you for your comments and critiques, they are always appreciated.
Perhaps it does not matter what we think of their apparent lack of beauty, it is what the males think of the females and vice versa. As Bobby sang all those years ago, Mutiplication is the name of the game...
Muscovy Ducks are always the ugly stepchildren of the lakes and ponds--the "real" Muscovy Duck is wild, all dark except for white wing patches, and almost none of the red acne-face patches that the domestic Muscovies have. I recall standing on the banks of the Rio Grande River and seeing 3 of these wild ducks flying by. That was about 15 years ago, and a great moment.