When we got to the northern duck pond, other ducks were already demonstrating the fine art of floating, overseen by a black-crowned night heron.
As we know, ducks float because they're made of wood.
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I decided to let Desperado Duck try his luck in the feeder stream between the two ponds. On the first try, he got stuck at the bottom of a tiny waterfall, rolling over and over.
Desperado Duck shoots the rapids -and gets stuck in the waterfall.
On the second try, I might have gotten Desperado close to a pair of the local ducks had not Pepper chosen that moment to lunge into the water herself. The ducks flew away, and Desperado floated rapidly toward the mini-waterfall.
Desperado Duck floats rapidly downstream, and soon falls over.
After this doubtful result, I gathered up Desperado and took a few more pictures of the beautiful and rather unusual heron.
Then we made out way to where a father and his little boy were feeding the ducks, much to Cayenne's interest. She used Pepper as a step stool to get a better look.
Desperado tried to hang out with the other ducks on land, but I could tell his heart wasn't in it.
Even when I risked putting him in the water near where the heron had been, he stayed next to the dock.
But it was all a ruse. Desperado Duck had a greater adventure in mind.
Tomorrow: Part Two - The Getaway!