Monday, May 21, 2007

Ducks in Maine Have Their Own Waterparks

What's the flap all about? A mallard duck beats the water out of its wings after enjoying a dip in a pond in Portland, Maine. Photo credit: Robert F. Bukaty/AP/File

"When the river ice thaws, we are witnesses to a veritable celebration of ducks. It's as if all these different species have agreed to appear at precisely the same moment, their sole intention being to put on a fashion show of diverse colors and habits."

The ducks fly upriver a bit and then set themselves down where the current is the swiftest. Anton and I watch as they barrel along, shooting past us like contestants in a high-speed beauty contest. When they arrive where the water has calmed, they fly back to the rapids for another go.


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