The first creatures to entrance me when I moved near a canal were ducks: ducklings, to be precise. I moved in the spring and was soon hooked on watching them grow up: my own natural soap opera.
I now see them as my pets (without any ownership – they are still their own ducks. I just feed them & clear up any litter that might hurt them in exchange for collecting their feathers for crafting, and taking photographs).
I have learned lots, watching the ducks.
1 Ducklings are fast and fearless. As they get older, they become slower, steadier and more cautious.
2 A small duck can make a big splash.
3 When they are small, ducklings team up, which makes them appear bigger, and (I suspect) less vulnerable to attack.
4 Even ducks pause before jumping in.
5 Ducks make ripples that affect other ducks – and small ducks can get swept into other’s riptides.
6 Duck families come in all shapes and sizes.
7 Ducklings can come as a surprise. These ones were born in August.
8 It is easier to get all your ducks in a row than bad office metaphor suggests.
9 Ducks have laser beam eyes which they use to strike down people who drop litter that could hurt their babies.
Duck watching is excellent fun. Just remember to take them seeds (not bread) to eat, and head to your nearest pond or canal for a wonderful afternoon.