Ugly duckling by Robin | Jan 13, 2009 | Photos | 23 comments His body says “duck” but his spirit says “swan”. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Print Friendly 23 Comments Jeni on at Do you know what kind of duck he is? I first saw these at a lake in Tallahassee, and thought it was the homeliest birdie I had ever seen. Pamela on at and I think Goose. Pamela on at ps. kidding Is it a Muscovy duck? frogpondsrock on at I love Muscovy ducks. He is lovely. I used to breed these birds, years ago and they are such entertaining characters… Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.. cheers Kim Will on at Yikes! Happy WW! Robin on at That is one ugly duckling LOL. Sandy toes on at Love it…great quote for this picture! -sandy toe Zoe in England on at awwww, I want to bring him home, but my yard is only 5 metres along each side, so nowhere near enough space. Two Barking Dogs on at An Ugly Duckling! Marsha on at What a beautiful spirit! Debbie on at I think he’s the one the book was written about! Great capture. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins on at Wow. Certainly, um…cute? Who’m I kidding – yeow! Gattina on at Maybe it’s not a beauty but at least it looks funny ! junebug on at Awwww…… Dana~Are We There Yet? on at Reckon they taste like chicken? Pam on at I see it…I truly see the love! I see the swan! Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home on at I think he’s kinda cute! 🙂 NATUI on at LOL Now THAT is a great comment for this photo. Don’t we all have days like that? June on at It is a Muscovy…in case you still have any question…and they are ugly! Still, you gotta love them 🙂 Liz on at Almost looks like a turkey! Carol on at Did you take that picture? If so, you’re quite the shutterbug! Great expression his face! Carmi on at You’ve pushed me off my rock of inertia to reach into my archives and share a photo with a similar theme. The backstory: I was shooting tree roots on Christmas morning (the first image from that series is actually my latest blog entry…freaky coincidence!) and in the process had gotten completely lost in my camera. In between calculating exposures, composing for texture and trying to avoid losing my balance, I had no idea what was going on around me. Suddenly I heard something, and wheeled around to see two muscovy ducks – common around these Florida parts, apparently – wandering through the grass barely three feet from me. They paused, then nonchalantly continued their stroll. So I rapidly changed tactics and followed them for a minute or two not because I needed more bird pics in my archives, but because I had just had one of those moments that just begged to be remembered. I’ll find a way to include one in this week’s theme run. Thanks for the push. Daisy on at Love the duck! When we were newlyweds, we lived down the street from a spring-fed pond that stayed open all year (no easy feat in cold Wisconsin!). One winter there was an incredibly ugly and extra large duck. Later that year, yes indeed, we found it was a tundra swan, the most incredibly beautiful bird I’d ever seen up close.