This week’s photo, taken November 27, 2013 at Meadowbrook Pond in Northeast Seattle, WA, features a male WOOD DUCK and the duck he desires most, a female MALLARD.
Birds of a feather do not always flock together. For over a year now, one WOOD DUCK has been hanging out with dozens of MALLARDS at Meadowbrook Pond. This male Wood Duck shows a special interest in one particular female MALLARD. Clearly, they are an item, and they are not trying to hide their relationship. Whether they are standing side by side on the shore while snoozing with their bills tucked into their back feathers, or they are floating around the pond while feeding, they are basically inseparable.
Mr. Wood Duck has even developed Mallard-like behavior. While most ducks cautiously paddle away from us humans when we approach, Mallards often swim toward us, shamelessly hoping for a handout. As I stand at the water’s edge while taking photos, Meadowbrook’s Wood Duck fearlessly and Mallard-ly swims straight at me, usually with his lady friend close behind.