A few of my favorite plumes from the girls in the garden.

Look carefully at this Welsh Harlequin contour feather…

Presto, change-o…iridescence!

The iridescence ranges from black to green to blue.

Our Buff’s fashionable blush-colored flight feather.

Cayuga’s delicate semiplume feather.

The Welshies’ offer the most variety–this is semiplume.

How painterly!

Same feather, different background, new details emerge.

A downy one.


For more on feathers, general and duck-related:

Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle; Thor Hanson; Basic Books; New York, NY; 2011.

Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks; Dave Holderread; Storey Publishing; North Adams, MA; 2011.


Copyright 2012, Lori Fontanes