I appreciate the compliment on my pencil drawing, Annie! Actually, it turned out better than I expected.

I wrote about those ducks — black-bellied whistling ducks — in a response to Lindsay’s comment about them. They are a wild bunch! Raucous and disagreeable with one another. But, I love watching them — even the fighting is entertaining. They have gorgeous coloring and watching them fly in formation as a group is breathtaking. They dip and glide and sail over the lake, the white in their wings flashing.

The Muscovy ducks are not as pretty but are definitely more amicable and intelligent, knowing who were are, feeling safe with us. The whistling ducks are not too bright, don’t ever seem to recognize us no matter how many times we feed them, and are the most contentious bunch of fowl I’ve ever seen!

I think of the Muscovies as pets. The whistling ducks are like watching a reality show.

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