James Pond the Drake is back!

When I went downstairs just now to check whether Honey was at the pond, and to feed her if she was, I found her swimming side by side with the giant drake James Pond, otherwise known as Jim. He’s returned! (I’m pretty sure it’s Jim because of the mottled white neck, but I’ll take photos later to get an ID.)

Jim is a gentleman and takes care of his hen. He lets her eat without disturbing her, and eats little himself. (I have to say, though, that Honey wasn’t that interested in eating this morning. Perhaps she had amour on her mind.).

Now it’s too early for the breeding season, and I have no idea whether ducks pair-bond this long before breeding, but Jim seems to be a good mate for Honey. For one thing, he’s HUGE: about 1.5 times her size. He could thus easily protect her from the sexual attention of interloper drakes.

Here they are just a few minutes ago. The photo is not great because it was taken by an iPhone camera in low light.

My name is Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), and I approve of this bonding.

17 Comments

  1. BobTerrace
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    In your approval, are you acting as an Imam or a protective father?

  2. ladyatheist
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Did he chase away the turtles?

    • George
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Nothing chases away the squirrels. They hibernate in the mud of Botany Pond in the winter. Red Sliders live 20-30 years although some have lived for over 40 years. Potentially, there may still be a red slider who was in Botany Pond when I was in school in the 1970s.

      • George
        Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

        I meant turtles – not squirrels. Although nothing chases away the squirrels either.

        • Posted August 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

          Squirrels that hibernate in mud would be amusing.

  3. busterggi
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I dunno, Jim seems to be treating Honey like a monthly pitstop rather than as a loyal mate.

    • George
      Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Is this a critique of the hook-up culture that is all the rage on college campuses these days?

      • busterggi
        Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        No, I’m long removed from collegte campi.

  4. Larry Smith
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    “Jim is a gentleman and takes care of his hen” – Coyne

    “It takes a raised-right man to keep a happy hen” – Tom Waits

  5. Posted August 28, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I do love the “Pond. James Pond” name!

  6. Posted August 28, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    How can you approve the bonding without having met his parents?

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Perhaps she had amour on her mind.

    You know the old saying, an empty nest is concupiscence’s workshop.

    (Well, it oughta be an old saying.)

    And how could Jimbo possibly resist, now that Honey has her old zaftig figure back?

  8. Mark R.
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Ducks are confounding birds!

  9. grasshopper
    Posted August 29, 2018 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Where is James Pond’s nemesis, Ducktor No?

    • busterggi
      Posted August 29, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      he’s out playing gold with Goldfeather.

      • grasshopper
        Posted August 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

        🙂


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