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It's a full "moon" and everything is just ducky........

This is a discussion on It's a full "moon" and everything is just ducky........ within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by the dragonn The Mallard is a holarctic species, native here too Paul, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    The Mallard is a holarctic species, native here too Paul, not introduced. They are the commonest British duck.

    I had no idea they were so widespread! The little buggers do get around it seems! (And thanks for a new word, Steve!)

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    What do you do when these ducks take a crap in your pool ??

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    If you get up early enough some days you can find a nice pair of mallards swimming in my pool. There is also a small blue heron that likes to take a stroll about the yard eating gecko's and drinking from the pool. I love the new neighborhood....

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    LOL good one Pavel, great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    I had not realized that mallards had been imported "over the pond". Guess I shouldn't be surprised as the males in particular are quite ornamental.
    Tell you what, they taste bloody good! we farm them here in NZ, and they found their own way here.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    If you get up early enough some days you can find a nice pair of mallards swimming in my pool. There is also a small blue heron that likes to take a stroll about the yard eating gecko's and drinking from the pool. I love the new neighborhood....
    Well you dont have a resident White Heron now do you Connie we are very privilaged to have a White Heron hanging around our area. Beautiful birds, about 1m tall, pure white. Have a very interesting call too....we get whate faced herons (grey colour with, well a white face...) and bog herons around here, very unusual for the white heron though, there are two colonies down the south island, god knows how he made his way up here!

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    We get a variety of birds, but no white herons so far. My favorite is the lovely cardinal and his mate. They come and flit through the trees out back. And as to what we do when the duck poos in the pool...the filters get it i'd assume. lol My husband is the "pool boy" and he does a very thorough job. I'm waiting for the day he comes in the house upset that there is a big snake in the pool. lol

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    The issue I had with ducks in the pool is the issue of algae. Specifically an algae that is very hard to eradicate, one which attaches to swim trunks, floaties, whatever was in the pool. It is nasty - every time I got it I had to throw everything into the pool - trunks, floaties, everything and then treat them all with one big dose of something. They would bring it in on their little fluffy butts. Now the crazy ducks can be found in bushes with their little nests.
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    We enjoy the visitors to our home, but I do get tired of the pigeon poo... And the toads - goodness me! - I don't know how they can lay out their droppings! They must be eating lots of bugs for me. My husband and I joke about being careful to not trip over the "toadstools" - and I don't mean mushrooms!

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