The Personality Series: Olga Doodle
Olga's name came about naturally, as do the names of all of my pets. I simply wait for the name to arrive and it does. Olga was heftier than the other ducklings and I already had the boy fawn and white runner named Iliya, so it made sense that she was Olga when the name popped into my head.
As Olga grew to be a few weeks old she swam in the blue sled that I filled with water in the back yard. She loved to dive and splash with her six duckling friends. She always stayed close to the group, never wandering, and as time went on I noticed she preferred the company of Noi to all others. At first I didn't know why this was the case, but I had read somewhere on a forum, a comment someone had posted, something along the lines of chickens and ducks discriminate, too. This person said they had proof, because their fowl broke up into distinct groups based on color or breed--but this person referred to it as "race". I don't see it this way. Here's why.
My conclusion is that Olga and Noi, being the only two light colored hens, were rejected due to their inability to camouflage well. It makes sense that the males would choose to mate with hens who can hide well. I don't know if this is a conscious decision on the drakes' part or if they are like most people and have a basis for attraction to ensure successful genetic outcomes. (For most humans there is a desirable identity in mind when it comes to choosing a sexual partner.) Furthermore, Olga is fawn and white due to selective breeding by humans, something that would not have happened to her in the wild as she is derived from wild mallard ducks which are from the subfamily Anatinae, which are dabbling ducks, and they are not white. There are at least fifty species of dabbling ducks throughout the world. Many come in bright colors, but it seems rare to find dabblers that are pure white or close to it. Most are rather mottled, with drakes containing some bright plumage.