National Geographic : 1919 Oct
Photograph byJoseph Dixon A FEW OF THE DUCKS WHICH WINTER ON LAKE MERRITT Just as this picture was snapped a man, passing by, paused and remarked with a tone of finality:"There areathousand pounds ofmeat there." The meat was evidently all he saw. A gentleman overhearing the remark said: "It would bejust plain murder toshoot into aflock like that." Later, a boy, passing by, said to his chum: "Gee! wouldn't it be great to get a shot into a bunch like that?" But hischum showed that he was a true sportsman when he replied: "No! it would be too easy." The ducks in the foregroundare nearly allPintails. The dark-colored, bobtailed birds in the foreground are Coots, commonly known as Mud-hens.