Category Archives: ducks

Duck beaks, Umwelt and Kantian a prioris

by Matthew Cobb This article from the scientific journal Cell Reports, by Eve Schneider and colleagues from Yale, popped into my inbox this evening. I could see that it was about ducks and evolution, so I thought it would interest Jerry. It turns out to be pretty fascinating, and it tells us something important about […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Be sure to think of this site (and the readers!) when you have some good wildlife photos to send. I have a decent backlog, but, you know, posting once every day exhausts that pretty quickly. We have mixed media today, starting with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho. There are DUCKS! Everyone’s comments are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Be sure to send me in your good wildlife photos. Thanks! Evolutionary biologist John Avise sent another batch of bird photos, and they’re my favorite birds. His notes and IDs are indented. Note that although the males diverge strongly in their appearance, females often look pretty much the same. This indicates that the male divergence (and […]

Ducks of San Diego

by Greg Mayer On my recent visit to San Diego, I got to see one of my favorite ducks, a merganser. Mergansers are fish-eating diving ducks. Here’s a Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), diving in San Diego Bay, viewed from the Coronado Aquatics Center, on the Coronado Strand. Mergansers have bills adapted to catch their prey, […]

Reader’s wildlife video

We have another video from Tara Tanaka in Florida showing a variety of waterfowl, but especially ducks. This one features the hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), and note how the male displays even when his mate is laying eggs in the nest box. Tara’s notes: I looked through the scope this morning and was thrilled to see a […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka has a new video, which took her 18 hours to edit. But it’s worth it, at least to us, because it’s lovely and it shows DUCKS! Be sure to click on the video and put it on full screen. Her notes: Canvasbacks  [Aythya valisineria] are one of my favorite ducks, and on this winter […]

NYT writes an obituary for Trevor the Duck

When the male mallard Trevor the Duck landed on the tiny island of Niue, administratively part of New Zealand, I was both thrilled and enchanted. How did he get there? Who knows? And would he survive? Niue has no standing water, and Trevor gravitated towards a small, muddy puddle. But the locals pitched in, feeding […]

Trevor the Duck is dead

He was killed by a dog. Here’s the post from his Facebook page. I am very, very sad:

Trevor the duck is okay

On September 25 of last year, I reported on the plight of Trevor the Duck, a lonely male mallard who had somehow found himself on the small island of Niue, 2800 km from New Zealand. Niue is described by Wikipedia as “a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand.”  (The name “Trevor” came from Trevor Mallard, a New […]

Hawaii: quotidian travels

Here are a few “holiday snaps” from Oahu. I’ve already visited many of the major tourist sites, and now am just chilling, going snorkeling at the beach, and eating. Two days ago I went snorkeling again at Hanauma Bay. Although it’s a popular beach, there weren’t too many people snorkeling in the reefs just offshore, […]