Mallard Flyby and Landing

We now have two mallards infesting our pool. Check out this video. If you don’t like the soundtrack, turn off your audio.

This morning, I caught a flock of three doing a flyby. Only two landed in the pool. I can’t help but think that this has something to do with our drought conditions. Every night, right after dusk, the mallards take off and go to wherever they spend the night. They come back at dawn. Enjoy.


Le Quack est back

Also see the Duck Gallery.

I was somewhat disappointed when our mallard couple left us early in the summer. So many mornings, at daybreak, I would imagine the call of one of my mallard ducks. They were amazing. Like the aircraft cruising around Los Altos on their way to SFO or OAK or SJC, the mallards knew my backyard and most importantly, my pool. At dawn, they would both swoop in, landing in a belly flop and a splash – controlled splashdown.

Ducks are beautiful and this photo compilation captures the mallard in some great moments. On Labor Day, the male mallard came back and decided to make the pool his daytime home, again. I chased him off, and he did a fly-around and came right back. Caroline took these shots that I put together as a youtube video. You can stop on the frame if one of the shots interest you. Each shot is up for three seconds.

I fantasize, or better yet, anthropomorphize, thinking that his mate will show up, and we can “train” the mallard couple to live in their own mallard quarters, free from the ever-present threat posed by the healthy raccoon population. Our cats are no threat to the mallards, but the raccoons are and we live in Click here for the full article

Academy of Sciences penguin Pierre happy with wet suit – SFGate

Cute, fun, and weirdly relevant. It’s Saturday . . .

“As long as he has Homey and their nest, he’s a pretty chill penguin,” said Brenda Melton, the curator for the aquarium. Homey is 22, and the two Spheniscus demersus have been “pretty monogamous” for eight years, Melton said.”

Academy of Sciences penguin Pierre happy with wet suit – SFGate.

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