Cheeky Mallard

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 3, 2010

A friend and I went to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens recently.  They have a large pond that has huge koi in it.  Around the perimeter of the pond are fish pellet dispensers.  Each one has a sign that says, “Please do not feed the squirrels and other wildlife.”  My friend loves koi and I was trying to take some good pictures of them for her, so she got some fish pellets.  Immediately, the koi came over from all over the lake.  So did the ducks.

This mallard was trying to grab the fish food before the koi, but was not having a lot of luck.  He soon changed tactics to try and cage some out of us.  I took some pictures of him.  As we were walking away, my friend asked, “Why do people take pictures of ducks?  They are just ducks.”  How to explain the unexplainable?

A Mallard Drake

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dreamfalcon August 8, 2010 at 2:50 am

and I know people who think the Mallard is “the duck” … meaning: “oh, there are other ducks?”
Mallards are so cool, and the drakes always make a good photo!


admin August 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Yes, people who have never seen anything but the Mallards and domestic ducks in the park do not know there are a whole range of ducks to photograph.


Larry Jordan August 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

Interesting post Stephanie. Why do people take photographs of fish? 🙂

I guess the answer is, people take photos of whatever they consider interesting or amusing or beautiful, like flowers and insects, deer and bear or yes, even birds and fish!
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admin August 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Yes, photos of whatever strike their fancy. That is what I do.


Gail Gardner September 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

Just ducks? Just ducks? That duck is the most beautiful green color and a great photo. Perhaps some never think of the complexity of life and nature. I love when the ducks come to visit the stock tank. (That’s Texan for pond for anyone reading this that lives somewhere else.)
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