Some people are dog lovers. Some are crazy for cats. We're fond of ducks, in particular the Mallard pair that have been visiting our pond annually since 1998. That's a long time and getting near the natural end for this variety living in the wild, or at least the wilds of a city park. Last year they barely visited and always for a brief time. If we so much as opened the door to the deck they flew away in a huff.
This year they've been coming almost daily, sometimes flying in and out two or three times. They swim, they doze, they dive. And they don't seem to mind us at all. They've ignored us as we work in the garden often quite close to the pond. We're not sure what's different this year but we are enjoying their presence. And like anyone who's fond of their pets, we take lots and lots of pictures of them. Here are a few of the most recent ones.