Ducks seem to be equally at home either in the air or in the water. But, the transition can be difficult.
Air to water doesn’t look too bad as long as the water is relatively smooth and they can make a nice landing.
However, trying to get airborne from the water is a totally different story. They literally have to “walk on the water” for several steps as their wings beat furiously until they can build up enough speed to liftoff and “Slip the Surly Bonds of Earth”.*
(*From the poem, High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.)
Originally published on Feb. 5, 2012.