2000 - 2013
BD passed away suddenly on Saturday, probably taking him as much as me by surprise. In the morning he was out in the garden, taking a bath, having treats, then in the afternoon, was found lying on the grass by the barn.
Just last week I took this photo of him, sitting in a pile of leaves in the garden. He was old, a bit arthritic, but loved slow explorations of the garden with Lucky, his Pekin friend. He was the magnet in the farm yard for everyone who arrived, curious about who and what he was.
BD (short for Big Duck) was the leader of what was originally a small flock of nine Muscovy ducks that came to the farm in 2000. He was bigger, stronger, pushier, but never mean. Muscovies are large ducks, more the size of geese and quackless. They hiss instead of quack and I will miss his greeting every night when I come home, crest up, tail wagging, hissing, more like a dog than a duck. Lucky, his constant companion, will have to befriend the chickens more now and I am sure will miss BD.
Perhaps its time for an updated portrait of him. This was a small oil sketch done a few years ago. I love that Elvis "hairdo" that he had.