Let Sleeping Ducks Stand

Kongo observed this drake mallard closely for several minutes earlier this week as it perched on a fountain in Balboa Park. It never opened its eyes. It never moved. Even when the monkey got quite close it never ruffled a feather. Kongo always thought ducks slept with their beak tucked under a wing or standing on one leg. Many ducks will sleep in the water to avoid predators. But this mallard seemed content to stand on two legs and sleep. Maybe it was just a duck nap. Travel safe. Have fun. Advertisements

Safari Park Birds

A rare Pink Backed Pelican opens wide at San Diego’s Safari Park, part of the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Faithful readers of Kongo’s blog will recall that the monkey has an affinity for waterfowl of all types and there were some great birds to see yesterday at the Safari Park.

Old Coots, Crazy Old Coots, and Monkeys

You may have heard the term, “Old Coot,” or “Crazy Old Coot.”  How did coots get such a bad rep anyway?  A coot is a common water bird that often migrates with ducks.  It’s not tasty.  Hunters don’t like them.  It’s rather awkward in the water and has a beady red eye. It doesn’t fly much but when it does decide to get airborne it runs across the water making a lot of noise before finally taking off.  So how this rather harmless bird became cross-threaded with an euphemism for a tottering, eccentric, old man is a mystery to Kongo….