Hello, fellow nature lovers! These photos were taken at Hampton Park in Charleston, South Carolina, except for the duck in the bottom left corner. That was taken at the South Carolina Aquarium.
I love these photos because they really show the elegant side of these creatures. I'd love to get a photo of the ducks legs paddling furiously under the water as a contrast, but alas, I don't have a waterproof camera, and I think jumping into the park's pond would be frowned upon. Plus, it was probably about 68 degrees outside, which my fellow South Carolinians will know, is way too cold to be thinking about getting in the water.
I've always loved Canada Geese (not Canadian, as is commonly thought.) You can count on them to appear every year as the weather starts to get cooler up north. Did you know that they can be found in every contiguous state in the U.S. and Canada at some point throughout the year? Instinct leads them to take the same migratory path that geese have been flying for generations, and who doesn't love seeing them fly in V formation? Mighty ducks anyone? Canada geese are one of the few monogamous species in the animal kingdom. They seek out a mate when they are around two years old, and most pairs will stay together for their entire lives. At one point in time, they were severely endangered due to over-hunting and humans moving into their environments. In fact, in the 1950's, they were thought to be extinct! It wasn't until 1962 that a flock was discovered in Minnesota. Conservation efforts led to an amazing comeback. Now, the geese are unfortunately seen as pest animals in certain areas because of their tendency to beg for food and for their sometimes aggressive behavior. The begging comes from humans hand feeding them for so long. While on this topic, please, please, PLEASE, do not feed geese or ducks bread. It is not good for them at all. Aside from being unhealthy and filling them up so that they do not eat the natural foods that give them a healthy, balanced, diet, any bread that doesn't get eaten, creates algae blooms which leads to further health issues. The excess algae blooms can also attract rats! If you really want to feed them, oats, corn, and peas are healthier options.
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