Sunday, October 25, 2009
Mate for life: Is that even possible?
It's been stated that ducks, like this pair of male and female Mallards, actually mate for life. Now, my unscientific experiment with this pair lasted all of an hour...very authoritative. While observing this pair, they were never more then 2-3 feet apart, moved over a hundred yards together, mirroring the other's movements, and generally seemed happy with one another. (Hey, I said this was an unscientific experiment based on my kind-of-lazy observation and at no time did I hear or witness any behavior I would interpret as unloving or a bit disrespectful from either duck. I did witness the female, the one not as colorful, look back a couple times at the male with a look that I thought said, "Could you hurry along? Keep up dear. Stop showing off your fancy feathers to every cute female duck that floats by." But, this was just me layering human characteristics on this pair of ducks.
If the hour of close(!) observation was any indication, I would say these two are certainly a very involved pair of ducks. And that's my scientific conclusion.