My Mate Bill II


York, United Kingdom

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A couple of days ago I posted a photo of Bill, a Mallard duck, who suffered, a few years ago, a particularly nasty injury to his bill. The response from fellow RedBubblers was simply phenomenal. In just 24 four hours the photo received 30 hits and while this is probably not a record it is probably a personal best for me. So, all thanks to those who viewed, commented and favourited the photo. Especial thanks to those who made some very kind comments on the little guy and the affection I have for him. In light of this I have posted a second photo of Bill. It is not as good as the first but it is closer and shows his now famous bill.

In light of Bill’s “fan mail” I’ll tell you a little more about him. He is resident at the lake on the campus at the University of York. Just how long he has been there I have no idea but I have known him for, I think, three years though others have known him for a little longer. Judging by the brown of the feathers on the side of his head and neck it could be that he is “of a good age”. I do not know the average life expectancy of a Mallard is but I imagine it may be ten to twelve years and will probably be longer in a sheltered environment like the uni campus. The lake has an area of about five hectares and is about 1.5km long so when I am there I do not always walk it’s entire length. Mallards seem to confine their lives to a relatively small area and I often see Bill and many other Mallards by a bench where I often sit to photograph and feed the birds. Bill is never the first to arrive and generally is one of the last. Despite his gentle nature he always manages to work his way to within a metre of me and so is always within range of the food I have. Having thrown him a few scraps he comes closer to accept food from my fingers.

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