No pictures here, although I just got a new camera with a much better zoom, so maybe I'll be able to get some good pictures of some of the ducks "in the act."
There are a lot of Muscovy ducks in my area, and there will be a lot more in the future. 🙂
In my area, I see Muscovy ducks mating all of the time, but never out in the open. It happens in areas such as in the bushes past the curb, or other areas in the vegetation, a little hidden from view. Since animals don't have shame, I was wondering why they don't mate out in the open. My best guess is that the males take the females to a hidden spot in order to protect themselves from aggressive competing males. If this isn't the case, then maybe it's just more comfortable for them not to be in the direct sunlight.
I'm far from a "birding" expert, but am getting to know the local species pretty well and this is a clear pattern. I was wondering if some of the real experts here can either agree with one of my theories, or otherwise explain the mating behavior.