Saturday, 17 December 2011

Becoming Real People

The ducks that is. Who else?

Ace. Well we all know what an impact she has made on us. She was the first one, and whatever else happens with any of the others, she will stay with us for the rest of her life.

We named one Bob today as it was bobbing its head up and down as if watching us at the table. But once it stopped we obviously couldn't say which one it was. They are all so similar.

No, that's not quite true. When they are clean and dry they are all similar. When they are swimming/have just swum it is a very different story. Then one person stands out as being quite different. And I don't mean Ace.....

Just look at this little person...........

This is our Little Dot - a face only a mother could love.

Doesn't she look pathetic? It's not that she is much smaller than the others anymore, but she is behind in her development. She still has several bald spots (wings and face especially) and seems to feel the cold more than the others. She did hatch a little behind the others, so perhaps she will catch up? But she, like Ace, has a home for life with us. Can't see anyone wanting to buy her anyway!

Look at the size of her siblings though. I took this avant-swim photo' this morning to show how little difference there is in size between Ace and the largest of the Aylesburys. They are a week younger, but a larger breed so will catch up with her.

I also took this one of Ace's wings as they are just stunningly gorgeous now and this was a perfect position to see them clearly. She did manage to stand still for longer than 2 seconds - there must have been something edible on the floor!

Beautiful, isn't she?

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