Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Joyous Easter

These will always be my Easter ducks, even though I didn't get them for Easter. Last year, a neighbor found two baby ducklings in the road in the middle of the night. He brought them to my house on a Friday - by Saturday morning, they were a photo op for Jim and Matt. This picture is one that Matt took.

After they got too big for their nursery, they had the run of the screened in porch - the indoor/outdoor carpet was old anyway :) Morning, noon, and night, I took a bowl of shredded romaine lettuce and warmed baby peas out for their main meal (they always had fresh water and chick mash). If I was late getting their meal out to them, they'd peck at the sliding glass door. I loved watching the dynamics between them - they never fought, even over the food. They'd eat as fast as they could (that's why their heads are a little blurred in the photo that I took), throwing all the lettuce onto the floor, eating the peas, and then eating the lettuce.

As they got older, it was apparent they were mottled ducks, one male and one female. They had one swimming pool full of sand and leaf litter and one swimming pool full of water. They'd roll in the sand and leaf litter and then jump in the pool and swim madly for a while, then float around gently.
When they were able to fly, we took them to a wonderful ranch in the middle of nowhere. I still miss them. (Photo by Matt MacQueen)
May the joy and promise of Spring and Easter be yours.

1 comment:

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Wonderful photos, I think ducks are so darn cute.
Have a happy Easter