Domestic Muscovy Ducklings
ANSERIFORMES. ANATIDAE. Cairina moschata. Muscovy Ducklings, Gainesville, Florida. 2012.
These little ducklings hatched a day or so ago in our neighborhood pond. They're cute as can be and are fun to watch as they zip around the pond in a small, fuzzy swarm. You can hear them squeak at their parents, who watch from the banks. I'm going to enjoy watching and photographing them while I can, because they won't be able to stay. Muscovy Ducks are an awful nuisance. They're huge, sometimes aggressive and really messy. And, as you can see from this photo, they have large clutches of chicks. They can take over and pollute a nice pond in no time. These chicks and their parents will need to be caught and removed/relocated sometime in the near future.