Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Sunny Fall day on the pond!

Crested Ducks or as I call One of them HARPO…
Other breeds of ducks on the pond as well, one of my favorite Characters is the English Call Duck we dubbed, “Big Daddy” with his mate “Momma”! ;)
The crest is essentially a mutation associated with skull deformities and known for hundreds of years. There are those who claim that crested ducks first appeared in Britain, which is unlikely but they were certainly first Shown here and appear in many early poultry books . Genetic mutations appear occasionally all over the world. Selective breeding would then have increased the numbers of birds with the same characteristic. 17th century Dutch paintings show crested ducks on wildfowl such as Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1636 -1695) and Marmaduke Craddock (1660 - 1717) from Somerset in the Uk showed them
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Willard said...

Good post and pictures on the ducks.

Also, thanks so much for your many visits to my blog. They are much appreciated.

Salty said...

Interesting post. I've never encounter any duck like this. I guess I spend too much time looking for the wild ones :)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh wow i have never seen these kind of ducks there gorgeous