I love the blue eyes, too. When they hatch, they are really dark blue, almost navy blue. As the ducks mature, the color gradually lightens to a really pretty pale blue. Several of the darker-colored ducks were also born with dark blue eyes, but as they matured it changed to brown. Most of my current ducks have brownish/golden/reddish eyes.
I love to look out the window and see my flock joyfully dancing in the grass or swimming in their tub. It makes me so happy. Last night it was really sweet when Sweet Pea (the girl in my avatar) sat on my lap and chewed on my finger like a little baby. She twisted and chomped on it so much that it was soon sore. I wish I could have filmed that.
Here's some shots of seven ducklings: (the four smaller ones are a week younger; the mother, Lilac, adopted them because their mother Kiwi died)
After this, I have a video of ducks “drilling” in mud, the complete diving video without parts chopped out, ducks drinking and drinking and drinking (or actually, filtering the water through their mouth), and one more duckling video.
I wonder what causes the iris to change color as the birds mature. Very interesting. Is it sun exposure? Or just a factor of maturation? I just know I have never seen a blue eyed duck before.
I am sorry to hear Kiwi died. I don't wanna know how it happened. But it is so sweet how Lilac took them on as her own and how they follow her and all gang snuggle with her. Are Muscovies the main tail wagger ducks? I've seen other duck/mallard videos before but they didn't wag like these do. It is sooo cute. @Miss Lydia has posted a few vids with her Opie and he wags all the time. Lilac and some of the kiddos were doing it quite a bit. It seems like they are happy and excited.
I would love to see those next videos you have. The mud one would be awesome.