However, with the days starting to get longer the boys have started to "season in". This means that the drake competitions are getting underway. We had hoped that maybe they would be a little more mellow this spring, but by the emerging boy duckie (drake) behavior it looks like it will be at least one more year before the boys "mellow".
This Saturday temps were in the lower 40s so it was a good time to fill BOTH pools and give them longer to forage. They enjoyed both. We even gave the girls a little bit of time to get a good bath in the "big" pool before the boys joined in and started fighting over the girls.
With the "good" digital camera we were able to capture a few good pictures (as well as a bunch of regular quality pictures).
Aren't our LOVES beautiful!
|foraging behind the duck aviary (enclosure)|
|"GrMaDuck, open the door"|
|girlie duckies getting a boy free bath|
Kouta and Beau enviously look in from the other side of the fence.
|quack quack quack |
our pretty duckies
|preen preen preen|
girlie duckies getting clean
|Missy combing her feathers|
|splish splash Missy is taking a bath|
|pretty speckled Queenie|
|Kouta says, "Hey, that is enough, it is time for the boys to join in on the splashing fun."|
Queenie just ignores him and enjoys every last minute in the "big" pool without the boys.
|Queenie, getting every feather in it's proper place.|
|Finally the boys turn in the "big" pool!|
Kouta and Darrick are still best buds
(except when they are competing to see who is the best drake)
|Our beautiful Beau - with his head a very bright iridescent green|