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Oh Come On In... Join Me!!! - Mallard Duckling - NZ by AndreaEL

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Dinky duck enjoying her pond when she was younger. A little puddle duck that has brought us many smiles and in so many ways has touched our lives and the lives of others. Des who is 86 years and Coreen who is 70 kindly offered to baby sit Dinky when we were away in Christchurch for Keith’s operation. Here is her note…
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Hi you two,
Wow! I’ve never hand fed a duck before, and I’ve never taken a duck for a walk! Nor have I seen such a tame, friendly duck. She’s gorgeous. When I call, she comes, while the hens only do so when I have food for them. They’re wonderful cleaner-uppers of scraps. They watch at the kitchen window when I’m preparing tea, and of course are rewarded with scraps, even left-over mashed potato which I usually eat myself. However, Dinky really enjoys her duck-weed, her tomato and cabbage. We forayed forth this afternoon for the afore-mentioned walk to the duck-weed stream. Des couldn’t get over Dinky coming with us. She didn’t really swim, but had fun eating & foraging meanwhile I held on to the fence & bravely tired to get weed. At least only a foot & leg went in and got muddy and wet! Des held on to the fence got me out again! Des managed to get some weed, for which Dinky is suitably thankful. You’ve certainly got your ménage well trained – or they’ve got you well-trained! The wild birds are great to watch. I can’t believe how enthusiastic they are when the fat roll is put out! You’ve convinced me to be kinder to my wee feathered friends when they visit. It’s now Monday morning. I let Dinky out (6.30) & she flew from the edge of her pond. I was devastated. I put on yesterdays dirty clothes and walked down to the weed, calling to her. She was in the week creek, having a lovely time. After she thought I’d had enough, she climbed out and waddled home beside me. I gave her some tomato, for which she was duly grateful. Des can not believe what a wonderful little intelligent companion Dinky is and how she loves to sit on his lap for a cuddle…. He does not stop talking about her… Bless you for saving and sharing this precious feathered life it will forever change us…
GOD Bless Coreen & Des
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    a lovely bird capture-A great close up

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Martina

    – AndreaEL

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice!

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Barbara

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    How cute! I kind of did a double take when I first looked at this. The bill sort of looks like a fish head at first glance!

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Dot. Having taken a second look you are right Dot.

    – AndreaEL

    HELUAalmost 3 years ago

    How qute is this! Bless its little eye!!:)

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • R-Summers
    R-Summersalmost 3 years ago

    Very cute looking Duck an interesting pov that as AuntDot pointed out, gives the look of a fish to iit. I agree with your philosophy about life and nature 100% I also believe the we should be here for them……Ron

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Ron. I am a big softy when it comes to nature.

    – AndreaEL

  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...almost 3 years ago


  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Randi

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot and lovely story to go with it. How wonderful to have a little duck to walk with.

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Joyce

    – AndreaEL

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 3 years ago

    Truly delightful. What a beautiful shot showing such fine detail. I LOVE the water droplets captured on the tips of that fine duckling hair. Went in close to see it, this has to be a Prize Winner! It’s gone straight to my file of favourites, and you know I really hope you win win win everything with this. COLLEEN2012

  • This is such an up lifting and amazing comment Colleen, thank you so much for the wonderful compliment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 3 years ago

    just wonderful!!! :)

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Linda

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 3 years ago

    how precious that little look is – I think I need a duck!

  • I appreciate your lovely kind comment, thank you Loree. You should get one, they are super rewarding.

    – AndreaEL

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