Anyone who is carefully selecting their ducks for breeding to improve the quality of their birds would know that some desired traits may take years to get right. The main fault I have in my birds- is the beak colour. Harlequin Runners are so rare- that I until I got my own- I had only ever seen a single photo of them- and no live birds at all. I had to take the risk and buy what ever bird I could and hope that over time I could breed back to the standards. I now have a little female that is certainly a keeper- and a big improvement on her mother. The beak colour in this little girl is more than I had hoped to achieve in just one season of breeding. Here is mother and daughter. Type wise- the young girl is looking better too- but still very young so has a bit of filling out to do. And of course there is still one more molt before I see her true feather colouring as well. But so far - I am more than happy with the progress I made with my breeding plan..and so proud I just had to share the photo of these two gorgeous girls.