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!
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!