Or did you play duck, duck, goose as a child? We see a lot of ducks down here in coastal Texas, and the day these pix were taken, they were hunkered down against the sharp breeze, enjoying a nap.
What really caught my attention, though, was this picture:
Yes, it’s true, ducks close their eyelids. If you look closely, you can see the bottom eyelid comes up to the top. Another interesting fact is that ducks have a third eyelid (like many other animals and birds) that closes over the eye from the side. It’s called a nictitating membrane. They can see through that third eyelid, which is a good thing when they are flying or diving into the water.
Here you can see it’s a female Northern Shoveler. Isn’t it interesting how the spots on her beak kind of match the spots on her feathers? She looks very coordinated and “put together”, so I guess animal prints are still “in”.
Here is the male Northern Shoveler she was hanging out with. These ducks look a little manic to me — I think it’s the golden eye.