Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday's Sequel: Khaki Campbell Ducks





In yesterday's blog post, I mentioned that in the 1800's, Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England developed the breed of ducks known as by the name Khaki Campbell. This duck variety can be seen in the images atop this entry, where he/she is spending time in NYC's Hudson River.

According to a web-page for Moose Manor Farms,"In a later attempt to create a duck with buff colored feathers, as buff was a fad at the time, Mrs. Campbell mated her original Campbell’s back to Penciled Runner ducks. The resulting color, not quite buff, reminded her of British army uniforms, so she named these new ducks 'Khaki Campbell.'"

The aforementioned page goes on to state, "Khaki Campbell’s are a medium sized bird, weighing on average 4 to 4 1/2 pounds. Females have seal brown feathers with bronze beaks; the drakes have dark green heads with orange beaks and bronze backs and tails. Campbell’s have a slightly upright posture with a long, slender neck, a fairly long clean-cut face, and head held high – when they stand up tall  to survey their surroundings... Campbell’s have a slightly upright posture with a long, slender neck, a fairly long clean-cut face, and head held high – when they stand up tall  to survey their surroundings..."

I witnessed a Khaki Campbell stand up tall to survey his/her surroundings as he/she stood in close proximity to Jewel, the Muscovy duck, who has spent a couple of years in this location, which was mentioned in yesterday's post, where I included the following image.


And as Jewel and the Khaki Campbell stood on a rock to "survey their surroundings," a river rat kept busy not too far behind them, as evidenced in the next photograph.


The Khaki Campbell seemed non-plussed by the presence of the river rat and when about his/her own  business of preening as seen below.


However, Jewel seemed to let the river rat divert her attention (which I would also), but the calm Khaki Campbell just took in the beauty of the river.



Be that as it may, they are not always so still, the aforementioned web-page for Moose Manor proclaims ".. Campbell’s are a bustling, hardy little duck able to withstand cold, hot, humid, or arid climates all very well.  These ducks have proven to be amazingly adaptable… they’re sprightly and have a good temperament;  always on the go looking for bugs, swimming, and exploring..."

I think it's really fun to watch this bird type spending time in the Hudson River, as you might surmise from the next set of  pictures.










But it's good to know that the Khaki Campbell takes time out for a snooze on a dock.


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