The domestic ducks are happy to see anyone with food visit the pond on crisp days. They’ve been bred to loaf around barnyards and wait for farmers to bring them their vittles instead of foraging like the wild birds. Featherless humans can’t tolerate the chill in the air like the ducks can so there are less park visitors as cold weather settles in.
Buddy has been taking on some of the alpha duck responsibilities for The Buda Bunch lately. In these shots, Buddy is a duck on the mission of filling his insatiable appetite. Buda seems detached, jaded with duck life even though he’s still the acknowledged CEO by the other four members of his subflock. He’s been through the transitions from summer to winter several times and takes it all in stride.
Buddy has a habit of cocking his head to look at things (above and below). He’s a right-eyed drake. I’ve never seen him use his left eye in the same way. His bill cuts into his pudgy cheek in such a manner that he has a perpetual smile even when Buda restricts his access to Mrs PomPom during the mating season.