National Geographic : 1919 Oct
FIRST CALL FOR DINNER In midwinter the ducks are fed daily at Io o'clock. The moment the waiting birds catch sight of their approaching meal there is a wild scramble in the direction of the caretaker. The latter encourages the newly arrived and timid ducks to come ashore by cleverly imitating the mellow whistle of the Pintail. Many of the ducks fly in from the lake and alight on the lawn where the barley is being scattered broadcast. The ever-ready Mud-hens can be seen, at the lower margin of the photograph, making frantic efforts to "get there first." Photographs by Joseph Dixon WILD DUCKS SOON GROW ACCUSTOMED TO CITY LIFE At Lake Merritt the ducks have little fear of the many autos which pass hourly. When an auto approaches the ducks waddle off the pavement, and when a few feet distant often turn around, settle down, and go to sleep, as illustrated by the three Pintails in the middle foreground. Many autoists take advantage of the unusual opportunity thus afforded to watch the ducks at close range. This tameness of the ducks has increased people's appreciation of the value of living birds and of native wild life in general.