Friday, March 20, 2015

Japanese Ducks


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There are many species of ducks in Japan, but I believe these are Kamo, the common mallard.

They were and are eaten, and their arrival in the Autumn was used as a seasonal marker in poetry.

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There has recently been a renewed interest in the use of domesticated ducks in rice agriculture. Traditionally they were used to control weeds and insects in the paddies as well as adding fertilizer.

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All these were photographed in Chofu, Yamaguchi.

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2 comments:

  1. Very very beautiful indeed!!
    Thanks for the photos and also for the information

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  2. Thanks for that.

    I have a wild mallard sitting on eggs 10 feet from my patio door (in England). Last year she hatched off 13 duckings! I wish I could post photos in comments.

    David

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