Right after I posted yesterday I went into the studio to start a new project. I was deeply engrossed in my work but still the sound I heard was totally different than anything I'd heard before in my back yard. .... Quaaackkk ... Quaaackkk ... Quaaccckkk. I grabbed my camera and quietly slipped out to the side porch which overlooks the back yard and the bigger of the 2 water gardens. Lo' and behold.... a female Mallard duck had claimed the water garden! She was pleased as punch with her new little kingdom but I don't know how the goldfish felt about it. I took a few pictures with her watching me like a hawk... then she decided it wasn't such a great little pond after all and flew away. Quite a surprise for me.... right up there with the day the heron stopped by for a gourmet meal.