The Savage Canadian Snow Duck by Mike Oxley

The Savage Canadian Snow Duck by 

A Brush with DEATH!

I was in our little eco gardens this afternoon, just taking pictures of nature’s wonders, when I noticed what I thought was a Mallard Drake, swimming up the little stream that runs through the gardens. I quickly switched lenses and moved closer to the bank, hoping to get some shots of the little fellow.

He was quite accommodating, mainly by not flying away at my slightest movement. This should have been my first clue. My second is that I remembered most normal ducks fly south for the winter. Anyway, I took a couple of pics as he swam by, then he spotted me and swam towards me. Great! Now I can get some nice closeups!

Then he climbed the bank and slowly approached. “Oh, my,” I thought. “Whatever is going on?”

He came closer still, then, without provocation, attacked my foot! He stabbed me numerous times on the right boot, head moving so fast it was just a blur.

This was no Mallard. This was the wolf in duck’s clothing, The Canadian Snow Duck, known and feared world-wide for its savage and unprovoked attacks. One is warned not to run away from these creatures as they will become infuriated and the damage they inflict could be much worse! So I remained as still as possible and awaited my fate. He took a little rest, probably deciding which foot to attack next.

Then the assault began again.

I stoically endured the agony and was resigned to a fate possibly worse than death. But, just as I almost succumbed to the inevitable, a car door opened nearby and a dog barked. The Snow Duck turned slowly and nonchalantly swam away, leaving a trembling wreck behind.

So if you see what looks like a Mallard, walks and quacks like a Mallard, be very careful. It may be that savage copyduck, The Canadian Snow Duck! It can be recognized by the shifty eyes, the rolling gait and that razor sharp beak.

They cover themselves with snow as camouflage and can be found lurking and skulking in the drifts, waiting to attack the unwary. Be on the lookout!

Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
January 29, 2011

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polariser
iso 400, spot metered, F6.7, 1/250 second

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In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Angie!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...about 4 years ago

    Hi Mike – Fantastic story – I was enthralled right up to the last word – and the image(s) are just great – love them !!

  • Many thanks, Mattie! It was a lot of fun to create, but not as much fun as watching the antics of this wee chap. I was laughing so much I could hardly take any piccies!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracey  Dryka
    Tracey Drykaabout 4 years ago

    Too funny Mike!! I think he lost his way or was distracted …lol The weary traveller ….

  • Greatly appreciated, Tracey. He’s one of the resident ducks in the area. There are quite a few that stay year round in the open patches of the river.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic and hilariously funny. You have made my night Mike. And Kate wonders why I spend time on the Bubble instead of watching the crap on TV.

  • Much appreciated, Colin, and many thanks for the “fave”, too! The wee duck was priceless. He even ended up yanking on the cuffs of my jeans, but he was behind me so I couldn’t get any shots.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    AWESOME shot(s) and GREAT story!

  • Thanks so very much, Al! Needed a large brandy to calm the nerves after that close call! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 4 years ago

    This is a total delight Mike! Wonderful capture! Instant fave for me!!!

  • Many thanks, Robin, and I greatly appreciate the lovely compliment of the “fave”, too! Thanks again!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    What a great image, even snow on the head! Dee

  • Thanks, Dee! Appreciate your visit and your very kind words!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Chris Cardwell
    Chris Cardwellabout 4 years ago

    Hahaha!! You brave, BRAVE man! Some say Grizzley bears and great whites are among the most dangerous animals on the planet. Ha!

    They only say that because theyre afraid to mention the Savage Canadian Snow Duck incase one hears its name and attacks!

    Brilliant photo series!! :-D

  • Thanks so very much, Chris. Appreciate the “fave”, too! I must admit I thought I was done for when he started yanking on the cuff of my jeans. These wee buggers will go up your leg like a chainsaw. But I survived. A little shaken, though. Shaken with laughter!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 4 years ago

    I think the advice is……..“make yourself bigger” or " put the camera on rapid burst", purely for scientific research!!!! Wonderful shots and story Mike :-)

  • LOL! Thanks for your kind words and for the advice, Dorothy. I’ll try to remember it next time I’m attacked by a Snow Duck!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding! You are awarded the ‘great withstander’ of the January 2011 Savage Canadian Snow Duck attack! Who knows what will happen when that duck hits February!

  • Many thanks, Marilyn! It was a close call, indeed. I shudder to think what this savage beast will be like in February. I expect there will be headlines about missing pets…. :o)

    – Mike Oxley

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