Stowaway, Loch Oich, Caledonian Canal, Scotland. by Roy  Massicks

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This friendly Mallard duck must have thought we were a soft touch. It actually flew on board while we were still mobile and proceeded to peck at the windscreen wipers ! We were on our way to rescue the white launch in the picture.
He obviously didn’t know a port buoy from a starboard buoy at this rather tricky and shallow passage through Loch Oich which is part of the Caledonian canal. He had gone aground and was stuck well and truly ! We actually were reimbursed by his hire company to the tune of £20
for diesel used. We had to double back on our tracks by about six miles.


caledonian canal, duck, loch, mallard, oich, scotland


  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Good one, Roy! Mallard with a death wish! lol

  • No David, he actually looked quite comfortable with his feathers blowing in all directions….lol ! After a free feed I think !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Perhaps he was begging a crust. Or just heard there was one of the famous Massicks aboard. ;o)

  • I’m sure that’s what it was Colin – answer to both questions !!!

    – Roy Massicks

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Janice.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Now that’s a duck with an attitude!!! Very interesting rescue story, too. Fantastic capture of this lovely bird. Well done!!!

  • Many thanks Deborah – just shows you, always have that camera ready !

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    Ha ha! We couldn’t even catch a FISH in Loch Oich! This girl looks like a reject from the Rockettes. Great shot.

  • We didn’t try fishing Sheila but I did try haggis and chips at Fort

    Augustus – lovely grub !!

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    This is awesome Roy, he needed some company, hope you offered him something to eat.

  • No Andrea – we couldn’t reach him and as soon as we stopped he took off ! Just as well too because the tow rope broke on the first attempt aso he would have been a ’ gone ’ duck. Thanks for the comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    Better watch out for that blade! funny shot!
    EXCELLENT framing!

  • Thank you Lacey – if I had turned the wipers on we could have had duck for dinner !!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, it is a beautiful part of the highlands!

  • Cheers Shaun – we just loved the Highlands and would gladly go back if we had the chance.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynell
    lynellalmost 4 years ago

    How adorable~

  • Thank you Lynell – how could you refuse it a slice of bread after this three point landing ?

    – Roy Massicks

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerover 3 years ago

    That’s a great capture Roy

  • Ta Jamie – a Kamikaze duck you reckon ? He was very cheeky.

    – Roy Massicks

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