Male and fem.ale mallard ducks

The Handsome Couple on a Stroll (click to enlarge)

Aren’t they a great looking couple?

Donald and Daisy Mallard visit from time to time each spring. They drop straight down from the sky and land in our little pond  with a pronounced splash – quite startling if we’re out in the yard and hadn’t noticed their sudden arrival overhead.

We enjoy watching them paddle about, take a bath and sun themselves on the gravel bank. But it’s even better when they leave the pond for an exploratory waddle around our garden and house.

There’s usually some good eats to be found under the bird feeders, so that’s part of their circuit. Fortunately for us, they don’t just stop there.

Daisy’s more-than-healthy appetite keeps her on the march, her beak always busy: probing under the edge of the rocks around the edges of the garden beds, taking fast jabs at the lawn, and tipping her head back to swallow down what looks to be an endless supply of little morsels. (See photo below.)

I can’t be sure, but I like to think that she’s on “slug patrol”, helping to put a dent in the veritable army of slugs that invade our place every spring. If so, she’s truly a gardener’s best friend.

Meanwhile, Donald is ever vigilant. I’m not sure when he eats – certainly not when they’re on a waddle. He follows closely behind Daisy, looking around constantly for any potential threats. He’s Daisy’s bodyguard, and a darn good one from the look of it. Ah, true love!

Male mallard duck guarding while female eats from lawn

Daisy dines while Donald guards

These photos were taken from inside the house, looking out our dining room window. I’ll post a couple more in a few days.

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If you are on Gabriola Island this weekend, don’t miss “Flight of Fancy”, the Gabriola Photography Club’s spring show & sale: Sunday, April 28, at the Rollo Centre, 12 noon to 4 pm. See you there! 

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

6 responses »

  1. Sherry Galey says:

    These are beautiful ducks and great captures Laurie. So cool that you can see them for your house. Bob is a huge fan of ducks (he had many ducky friends as pets when young) so he’ll enjoy these!

  2. Oh my gosh, how wonderful, exciting and captivating Laurie! Those are a pair of really cute ducks there, and your images are just perfect my friend! So clear, so many great details! Great job on this my friend.

  3. I would guess ducklings will not be long in coming. I am anxious to see your next post.

    • Thanks, Charlie. We’re hoping for ducklings – though I’m unlikely to capture a photo of them. In past years, Momma Mallard has brought her (incredibly cute) new brood to the pond for a single, quick paddle – then they all disappeared back into the forest. Each time, we’ve only had the one brief sighting! .

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