Sleeping Ducks

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You don't need to go to the ends of the Earth to see wonderful, charming, beautiful, and meaningful nature. This pair, part of a trio, was at EPCOT, catching 40 winks while the crowds parted and surged around them. (Of course the fact that they were in a waterway no one could reach helped contribute to their relative nonchalance.)

And yes, what you're seeing in the male is the "whites of his eye." He seemed to go through a cycle of having ordinary black duck-eye and then this white look. I suppose it may have to do with predatory deterrence. Don't know, but it was interesting to watch.

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Probably his third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. Sorry, not changeable eyes.

I am such a child, when I landed on the picture I thought Yay! Duck Butts!

Dear Therese,

You're probably correct, it's just that the effect was that of the rolling of a human eye--it appeared that the eye moved, not an eyelid--however, at a distance and even up close appearances can be deceiving, and your explanation is far more likely than my impression. Thanks.





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