Male and female mallard ducks in flight over a golden pond, water rippling to reflect the colors of the background autumn foliage glowing in the sunlight.
Fun duck facts: Ever wonder why ducks' feet don't freeze when walking on ice or swimming in nearly frozen ponds? Ducks have a unique blood vessel system in their feet to keep the feet just warm enough to not freeze, but not so warm as to cause significant heat loss from the duck's body. Also, the "skin" of their feet is actually more like scales than skin, inherited from their reptilian ancestors. Scales are a lot tougher than skin and less prone to frostbite damage.