Animal Profile: Ducks – A Lot to Quack About

Care of Bonnie Shulman   Pekin duck by Bonnie Shulman. These ducks are farmed for their eggs and meat. But how could you eat a creature so beautiful? It’s hard to know where to begin when I write about ducks, because ducks are my personal obsession. On my flickr site I have thousands of pictures of ducks. Here in Toronto we are blessed to have many types of ducks either living here permanently or dropping by on their travels. Put simply, there are two types of ducks: The first, diving ducks, forage deep underwater for food. The smallest of the ducks, buffleheads, are divers and can be seen in spring and fall in Toronto. Dabbling ducks feed on the surface of water or on land, or by up-ending without completely submerging. The vast mallard population is Toronto’s prime example of a dabbler, and in the fall we are graced with the dabbling Northern Shovelers, easily identified by their massive schnozzes! What I love about ducks is their sheer, incomparable beauty. Their colours and feather patterns provide me with endless fascination. To me, each duck is a work of art. Having… Read More

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