Folklore Thursday: Duck Lore

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2017-04-26 02.21.17.jpgI’ve long been a fan of ducks but over the last couple of years, since moving near a canal, I’ve become more and more fascinated by them. Watching them grow from tiny, speedy ducklings to birds with rich coloured feathers that catch the sunlight beautifully, there’s something magical about every stage.

In Chinese and Japanese culture, ducks represent happiness and fidelity. Seeing a duck in flight can apparently signal sad times are passing and your troubles will soon be flying away too.

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If you hear lots of ducks quacking at once, it’s thought to indicate rain, while hearing a wild duck quack is a lucky omen, signalling future prosperity.

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There is also a myth that ducks quacks don’t echo. This has been thoroughly debunked (and the noise of the ducks coming through the echoey canal tunnel near me supports this debunking).

Ducks are a sign of freedom, adaptability, flexibility and emotional connection. Get out to feed the ducks (with oats or seeds, not bread) to relax and feel free.

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