Maybe he is frustrated he can't protect Julie. Vleugel was with Kaatje last year. As many as 3 drakes would chase her and he couldn't help, it was really sad. She died later when she was brooding and he already left her.
Yesterday little Lilian showed up and he just bit her in her butt! She gave a loud quack and they all got startled and flew off. Except for Vleugel, he was flapping his wings and running as fast as he could LOL
It makes me sad they don't want to be cuddled. But it would break my heart if they didn't show up anymore because they got scared. When the girls were still together I could pet their backs when they were eating but now with all the drakes things got complicated. It seems like yesterday when they were running like dinosaurs and a friend and I put ant nests and dirt in their swimming pool. That was on a camping, the babies were just 10 days old (and Junior only 1 day) and they went on vacation. At night they slept in a cage in the caravan with my parents
That is sad he couldn't help. And sometimes I curse Nature when it makes drakes do that but then there is a reason for it. More ducks come about because of it.
Running like dinosaurs. I love that. They certainly look just like them. My tiny girl finch looks like one in certain positions. I call her my "little dinosaur girl."
I agree with you about heartbreak over them never coming back if they were stressed out due to being handled. It would break my heart too if God forbid, they didn't come back. I'd cry and they aren't mine but I still care and come to love the ducks of those that show pics/videos and tell us about their personalities.
I think I remember the picture of Junior you posted where it was a close up in I think the 'what is this duck thinking' thread where his face was kinda over a bowl of something. I had actually saved that picture to my phone's background for a while. It was a very cute pic.
Interesting about the drakes complicating things. I am all too familiar with that as a human. Just introduce a cute guy to the mix and things can go sideways.