Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Bad Luck Duck

Just when you thought all was daffy and there could only be good luck ducks in the world, along comes a bad luck duck to remind you of darker tail feathers.

A nice Mallard couple moved into our neighborhood a few weeks ago--

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A quiet, cordial pair who divided their time between the local lake and our subdivision’s cul-de-sac.

Yesterday afternoon, I heard a loud thump on the roof of the house followed by what seemed like a dozen racing footsteps that were much too loud to be squirrels. I looked out the window to then see a gang of 4 ducks fighting in my backyard.

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But something was not right.  There were 3 males and only 1 female:

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If there are any parents with small children reading this blog, you might wish to divert their attention now—what follows is our “content for mature audiences only” segment.

Apparently, 2 males had come to stir up trouble with our friendly mallard couple.  These 2 males were an unusual pair— one guy served as the “look out” while the other more aggressive thug of a duck went to pick a fight with the male husband of our mallard couple.

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Pretty soon, the lookout duck was now fighting with the Mallard husband, while the thug duck was having his way with the little lady.

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Within a few seconds, the thug was finished and flew off while his lookout hung around for a few minutes longer.

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Finally, the mallard couple were back on their own, but this time each looking “guard” in both directions:

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Poor little bad luck duck!  Hope you can steer clear of those thugs in the future.

6 comments:

  1. Didn't realize you lived in a red light district! ;)

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  2. That's the way with ducks. Too many males around and they fight for the few females available. But, I didn't know ducks are so clever to band up and divert the "owner" to get their way. Boy, oh boy what a story! That's something for the newspapers.

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  3. Ohhh, that's awful! I would have been out there beating off the interlopers with a stick. Really. Poor duck couple. I hope she doesn't have any eggs fertilized by that jerk duck. :(

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  4. What an amazing story, and the pictures you got are unbelievable! Talk about photojournalism. Very quick thinking on your part to get your camera and record it all.

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  5. We had backyard ducks when I was in high school with too many males. That's when I learned about duck rape. Bad news.

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  6. Don't worry... DNA testing will catchup with those thugs in.... oh... about 15 years!

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