Teal Ducks

You may wonder why I am blogging this. My friend Roadtirement posted a picture of a duck with a most unusual coloration. I googled it and found the species is Teal Ducks.

A teal duck is a a type of small freshwater dabbling duck. Don’t know what a dabbling duck is? Well, it is a duck that mostly dabbles their food from above the water, and do not dive much. They can be multi-colored and share similar traits setting them apart from the other duck families, one is their petite size, habitat preferences, feeding behavior, and unique coloration.

They are found in primarily in shallow freshwater areas, like marshes, ponds, rivers, swamps, flooded agricultural fields with vegetation and shelter. They among the most popular duck species and some variety can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

They often swim around slowly and wiggle or nibble their flat bills, grabbing floating plant material or catching aquatic insects. Generally they are herbivorous, but they may eat some insects or mollusks particularly during the nesting season when ducklings need protein.

If you would like to learn more about Teal Ducks, and who doesn’t? Just Google “Ducks of unusual colors” and you can learn much more that I have written here, and it is fun to google learning about everything.

Published by Time Traveler of Life

Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.

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