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Old Oct 2, 2005, 9:31 PM   #1
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Going by the pictures in my book this is a Muscovy Duck. This series shows it grabbing a young baby duck, flying out tothe the middle of the lake and dropping it. From there it flies on around the lake a lands pretty close to where it grabbed the little one. I have no idea why he/she did that or if the baby duck survived.

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Old Oct 2, 2005, 9:36 PM   #2
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2. He/she has just grabbed one of the little ducks that was swimming among the lilly pads and weeds.

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3. This one shows the little one putting up a fight but, to no avail

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4. Flying out toward the middle of the lake.

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5. Shown with the little one still in his/her mouth and just before dropping it. (I didn't catch the drop and never saw it after the drop).

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6. Flying on around the lake before returning to the same area where it took the little one.

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Old Oct 2, 2005, 10:07 PM   #7
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Houston great series of behavior I have never seen or heard of before. I love that last in flight shot. BTW, what does p.m. stand for?
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Houston great series of behavior

Really odd behaviour, and great capture Houston !!
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Old Oct 3, 2005, 4:19 AM   #9
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nice series houston! You were in the right place at the right time to catch this
strange behavior.
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Old Oct 3, 2005, 11:08 AM   #10
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Ho Houston. I echo everyone - but some food for thought. Any Muscovy Ducks that you see are domestic Ducks gone wild, they are very variable in appearacne - yours is certainly not typical, but then again I suspect just about anyone you saw would not be "typical."

This is a perching duck that lives in tree's and is also a dabbler duck - meaning it's a vegetarian that probably wouldn't turn down a shrimp or bug if ot was offered but is defintily not a carnivore. I would suspect, that he was moving one of the kids. But who knows?

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