Mallard, male, MALL, ANAPLA, Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anas, A. platyrhynchos, Anas platyrhynchos, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Why Is This Duck Smiling

Why Is This Duck Smiling


Mallard, male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Why Is This Duck Smiling

Mallard, Male


Have you ever wondered, “Why is this duck smiling?”

Could this duck be smiling because it lives the way people live on a vacation? For example:

– It camps outdoors.

– It paddles lazily on lakes and ponds.

– It stays in the moment.

Of course, I’m sure someone out there is thinking, “That duck just looks like it’s smiling.”

I’ll accept that.

Its bill does have a smile-like shape.

And yet, studies (on humans) have shown that spending time outdoors leads to feeling better.

So here is a reminder that we can put more joy in our lives by walking lazily through gardens, parks, and woods.

While there, be in the moment.

Feel the earth under your feet. Listen to the birds. Smell the plants.

Then people who see you may wonder, “Why is that person smiling?”

Much success,

Steve Kaye


Birding Resources

This photo was taken at the Fullerton Arboretum, where you can often find Mallards paddling lazily on the ponds.

See photos of birds at the Fullerton Arboretum at: http://stevekaye.com/fullerton-arboretum-birds/


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11 Comments
  • Kirk Stitt
    Posted at 10:50h, 01 March

    I couldn’t agree with you more!
    Don’t forget to see us when you are at Casa de San Pedro.

  • lin jenkinson
    Posted at 11:32h, 01 March

    You’d smile too if it was warm weather and you were having a little swim–ha!

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 06:39h, 04 March

    And now I am smiling – thanks.

  • Penny Schafer
    Posted at 09:53h, 04 March

    Maybe he is smiling for the camera?

  • Lynda Curtin
    Posted at 10:17h, 04 March

    Thank you, Steve! I love how you share the lessons of life through your beautiful photography.

  • Bob Chianese
    Posted at 13:22h, 04 March

    It’s when you see it on its back, head back, one leg over the other rai
    sed knee and smiling that you know what duck happiness is.

  • Nancy L. Hoffmann
    Posted at 05:31h, 05 March

    Donald (Duck) is smiling because he just saw Felix the Cat chasing Mickey Mouse.

  • Cathy Housman
    Posted at 12:17h, 05 March

    Indeed!

  • Fred DuCoeur
    Posted at 10:38h, 07 March

    He is a happy little duck.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 12:31h, 10 March

    That photo is a quack-up!

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 10:30h, 14 March

    I’ll take smiles any way I can get them, ducks or otherwise! Once upon a time, I was fortunate to work in an office building complex that surrounded a beautiful central garden. My building, a single tall story with floor-to-ceiling vaulted windows, included a wrap-around pond to which a couple of pairs of mallard ducks migrated every year and bred and raised their families. No matter how stressful our jobs and lives, every one who worked in the complex took time to stop, take in a long, slow breath, and enjoy watching the ducks bathe and preen and tend their young. Their smiles fostered ours.

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