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Freaky Duck by X5-442 Freaky Duck by X5-442
One of the really weird-looking ducks that can sometimes be seen at the duck pond by the tennis courts.


Photo taken at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

*according to :iconthe-dude-l-bug: they're called Muscovy ducks.
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Coffee-And-Cream Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a mated pair of muscovy ducks that live at a park near me. They're quiet friendly, and have now become so used to me that as soon as they see me they come over with their tails wagging wanting their bread. Only the male is picky and will not eat the bread if it has touched the ground. He only likes it if you toss in the water.
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X5-442 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Is this in Florida? I remember seeing them when I went to Florida a long time ago.
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Coffee-And-Cream Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, this is in Ohio. There's picutre of him in my gallery if you want to see him.
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
We have these by my school. They're surprisingly friendly.
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X5-442 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
These ones don't seem particularly friendly...
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Some can be down right mean! The ones that are exposed to people more often tend to get used to socializing.
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X5-442 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Yeah, these ones hiss at anyone who gets too close. Notice that this shot was taken about ten feet away...
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
The geese by the Mariner's Museum definitely hiss and "growl" at anything that moves. I was trying to get pictures of ducklings for a sculpture and the 2 white geese kinda approached me. One put his head in my lap and started hissing. It was weird......
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Shot of one resting on the shore.

BTW, they're called Muscovy ducks.
Those red caruncles on the face are a dead giveaway ;) .

They're originally native to Mexico, Central & South America, but they're a world-wide species now due to domestication.

They eat aquatic & terrestrial plants, as well as small fish, crustaceans and insects.

Sexing is fairly easy -there's a significant difference in size of the 2 sexes; Drakes are nearly twice as big as the females.
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X5-442 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Thank you for the info! Seriously, if there's an animal I don't know about, I want to learn about it. So thanks again!
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No Problem.
LOL! I know how ya feel...
If you take a shot of a ??????? & I know what it is, don't worry -I'll tell ya. ;)

and besides, if I don't know, I'll keep diggin till I DO know...
LOL! It will drive me crazy till I find out what the helk it is too.:lol:
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