By in Personal

Lessons From The Ducks

In Cambridge UK

Cambridge city is a mixture of very old and new. In the middle of the city there are lots of green spaces, waterways, parks and open spaces. There are cows, geese, ducks, fish and I even saw a heron landing this afternoon, looking for fish from the riverbank.


My son loves fishing, he has the correct licences and can walk out at lunchtime from his office, do some fishing and get back to work all on his lunch break. He mostly hrows them back because perch are full of bones and very hard to eat and there is no point keeping small ones - let them grow bigger. He even carries a pair of pliers and thick gloves in case he catches a pike. They can take a finger off but he needs to remove the hook before returning them to the water.

Cat Food

He also carries dried cat food with him (kibble). Why? The fish love it and he scatters some in the water at various places to feed the fish. One spot was on a bridge across the river. One punt had drifted lazily by, being poled slowly by a girl, with a couple of passengers. After it passed, he threw some kibble into the river from the bridge. The fish weren't particularly feeding but a couple of the ducks cruising the water noticed and came up and started eating it. They had nearly finished what was there when the other ducks noticed they were feeding and raced over snapping hungrily at the water to get any left over crumbs. my son threw some more kibble in the water and more ducks raced over but the ones that were there first still got most of it.

And The Lesson?

Look out for yourself for food dropping from the bridge because if you wait until others are already feeding you won't get very much of it!

Image Credit »

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


VinceSummers wrote on July 28, 2019, 5:12 PM

Are you related to Confucius?

MegL wrote on July 28, 2019, 5:16 PM

LOL, not that I know of, why? Has he got a saying about this? He has sayings about most things but I don't recall one on ducks.

VinceSummers wrote on July 28, 2019, 6:01 PM

Good point.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 29, 2019, 9:23 AM

The ducks that got there first will be the last to leave I guess. Late arrivals miss out. I never heard of a duck eating kibbles. Funny story

MegL wrote on July 29, 2019, 3:04 PM

The fish eat them too. A good source of protein, I suppose.

AliCanary wrote on August 4, 2019, 3:19 AM

It's funny that both fish and ducks like cat food...and they also ARE cat food, lol!

MegL wrote on August 4, 2019, 3:42 AM

Yes, it did seem very funny!