So, as I went out ringing the tibetan yak bell to let the duckies know it was time for dinner, I experienced unusual reluctance to leave the approximately half acre pond in whch the ducks frolic during the day. I had shoulder surgery a week ago, so I had to set the bell down on a bench to pick up a handful of cracked corn to lure the girls from the pond. I looked to my right near a downed log about 20 feet away, and saw a bobcat sitting quietly watching the ducks begin to come up the embankment towards me. Now, I have dealt with Bobcat predation problems before with free range and pastured hens, and with muscovies before they lived in the pond. I have in the past had several easy chances to shoot the cat in the act of taking chickens. I have chosen not to, andwould prefer not to. Somehow my sense of protectionism is stronger with birds I raised from day olds, and ducks generally The pond is maybe 5 feet at it's deepest. One half is covered with giant cattail reeds 4-6 feet tall from water surface. It seems as though the ducks are aware the cat is a threat. They seem to want to stay in the pond when the cat is around. I feel like I am playing wih fire. Has anyone had bobcat attacks in the water? How well do they swim? The ducks are kept in a protected covered pen with a locking indoor converted horse stable at night. In the early AM I walk the ducks to the pond. AsI said, I know we have Bobcat,Mtn. Lion, Coyote, Hawks and Owl. I have seen raccoon once about 10 years ago. I think the main challenge is Bobcat. I'll get a pic next time. In the mean time, here are a few pics of my ducks (approx 45 Metzer assorted, mostly(40) female ducks). If anyone has Bobcat pond or water experience, I would love help.