Duck love! Well, kind of. Actually, it's duck sex.
Based upon my observation and readings, ducks are not like other birds or even other waterfowl. Once the mating feathers arrive, ducks have sex. All the time. Sure, when the spring comes, they pair up and mate often, but they also mate in the fall. Often. Usually they are paired and the mating occurs between couples. Bachelors attract the free femals with a grooming dance. They push their chests out and flap their wings slightly. This is supposed to be duck sexy to females.
The duck couples I know stay together for life. But? The female sometimes strays. This may be to assure she has good sperm saved. The female duck stores the sperm. She mates during the spring, but also has reserves. Or some females have reserves.
OK, so what I caught on tape today is unusual. Unusual, only because I haven't seen it often. I'm sure there are other people out there who would tell me that this may be what they've witnessed, so they would disagree and suggest that this is not unusual. That's fine, but it's my blog, so I get to say unusual.
This drake is gorgeous. I've noticed him strutting around. Perfect coloring. Beautiful head. Perfect. Well, it's obvious I'm not the only one who feels this way. So, today he swims into my pond with two hens chasing him. They were not simply following him to eat. No, no. These hens know a good thing when they see one.
Below are the females chasing the male.
And lucky me, one female won and the male and her decided to give me a show. And that is the next video.
How was the female chosen? I have no idea. After swimming after the cute drake, one female simply swam away. I didn't hear anything, no quacking. There was no pecking. Nothing. One simply gave up the chase, leaving the other with the sexy drake. Then they mated, and I was able to capture it on video. Listen to the other hen screeching after they mate. Jealous!
So, you're welcome.
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