The females are in a frenzy ensuring they are looking their best ready to present themselves for courtship to a potential mate.
I was witness to a cocky display this morning coming back from my shower.
‘Sir’ was strutting his stuff, or should I say displaying his brilliant plumage in the water by standing on his tail and flapping his wings, surrounded by a gaggle (I know that refers to geese, but this actually applies here) of ‘women’ circling him like the scene out of Dances with Wolves where the Sioux segregated one of the Pawnee that had invaded their village and closed in for the kill.
‘Sir’ then started to swim away and the females literally followed in his wake. He’s obviously got his harem sorted then.
Last night, there were at least a dozen ducks on the pontoon and finger opposite our berth, only one of which was male.
I envisage several punch ups and ego inflating displays in the coming month or so. Should be interesting, and maybe Rooster Duck will find her Romeo.
For younger readers, Charles Drake (2 October 1917 – 10 September 1994) was an actor, Charlie Drake (19 June 1925 – 23 December 2006) was a comedian, and Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) was a nautical chap from the Elizabethan era!