ducks that go ice “fishing”

What is a duck to do when the lake ice refreezes? If they can’t find open water, at least they might find some weak spots in the ice where a few pokes of the bill can open up a channel to water below.

mallard ducks ice -fishing

Mallards “fishing” through small holes in the ice for the algae lying below.  Frankly, it looked slimy and completely unappetizing.

mallard ducks ice -fishing

Seems to be a successful strategy.   When one of a pair finds a good hole, they took turns sampling the slime.

mallard ducks ice -fishing

And there are plenty more holes to try…

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