We’re All Pretty in Our Own Way

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This is the first page of an AMIstory: This photo of a male Muscovy Duck was taken behind a small shopping center on 53rd Street in Bradenton, FL. My verse pretty much tells the story of these birds. The verse also suggest that there is some additional drama to this story. The story involves the female, some chicks, and an angry reaction from her mate while I was photo graphing the chicks. I’ll drag this out over three posts! I should mention that bird drama is everywhere. You don’t have to go to the beaches to see it.

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We’re All Pretty in Our Own Way

For centuries, these birds were bred;
This one’s a male all masked in red.
Raised as poultry in days gone by,
They’re feral now; they barely fly.
An ugly bird I’ve heard some say;
I think they’re cute in their own way.
His mate was by a nearby tree;
Her glance said she would talk to me.
I asked her what she had to say,
And when she spoke she made my day…

To be continued…

Male Muscovy Duck – Cairina moschata

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Page for This Bird

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