i was surprised to see your comments, as i already knew we were to lose you for some weeks. extremely glad :)
you are correct. back in my country, we had waited for Mallard Ducks to show up... during migration... or, we went to the places where we could locate them easily. here, i live with hundreds of Mallard Ducks! :)
but still they are never boring to me. the royal appearance, the glittering feathers, the gestures... always so tempting!
enjoy your journey, and come back soon. how's your new born grandchild?