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UploadedJune 15, 2008
TakenOctober 17, 2006
MakeSony
ModelCYBERSHOT
Exposure1/45 sec at f/2.8
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Orlando, FL.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S50 camera

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10/17/06

We stopped at The Peabody to check out the ducks. There they were in the fountain where you could sit and gawk at them for the price of a drink. The paper napkin that came with your drink explained:

"The Legend of the Ducks

How did the tradition of the
Ducks in The Peabody fountain begin?

Back in the 1930’s Frank Schutt, General Manager
of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned
from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men
had a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and
thought it would be funny to place some of their
live decoy ducks (it was legal then for hunters to use
live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain.

Three small English call ducks were selected as
“guinea pigs,” and the reaction was nothing short
of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition
which was to become internationally famous."

The Peabody's web site further explains:

"The ducks are housed in the 'Duck Palace' on the hotel roof. Every day at 11 a.m., they are led by the Duckmaster down the elevator to the Italian travertine marble fountain in the Peabody Grand Lobby. A red carpet is unrolled and the ducks march through crowds of admiring spectators to the tune of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March. The ceremony is reversed at 5 p.m., when the ducks retire for the evening to their palace on the roof of the hotel.

The Peabody's famed ambassadors are five Mallard ducks – one drake with his white collar and green head, and four hens with less colorful plumage. The ducks are raised by a local farmer and a friend of the hotel. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before being retired from their Peabody duties and returned to the farm to live out the remainder of their days as wild ducks."

A female domestic servant carefully cleaned up the duck mess on the fountain, making sure none of it touched any part of her as she did so. She didn’t seem that enthusiastic about The Legend of the Ducks. I kept wondering what would happen if the Avian Flu ever paid a visit to Orlando.

29 responses

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    great story

  • Cyril Bays

    Cyril Bays gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Yes, great story and excellent shot! :)

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    I have heard of this...it is just an excellent idea and photo!

  • Beth Donovan

    Beth Donovan said (15 Jun 2008):

    I love the story! I have a couple of ducks, and it's kinda hard to herd them around, so I'm really impressed that they get these ducks to behave!
    Oh, and I like the picture quite a bit, also!

  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Awesome shot & great story John! You rock!!!

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    love the photo and the story

  • Photography Seven

    Photography Seven said (15 Jun 2008):

    lol

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    how utterly civilized and utterly funny! i love it!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    this such a funny image, I love the expression of the dude watching the birds....

  • Merlin Peck

    Merlin Peck (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    You got the best shot, John. Love it.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    I enjoyed that, good shot too....

  • Anna

    Anna gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Right on Im jealous you got to shoot this... great shot and i love the guys expression!

  • Gail Fleming

    Gail Fleming said (15 Jun 2008):

    This one really made me smile.

  • David Fullman

    David Fullman   gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    Great story

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    this made me smile. sweet story and photo. :)

  • Eric Abernethy

    Eric Abernethy said (16 Jun 2008):

    I was wondering who did the cleaning.

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    thanks for the info... i have never been there...

  • Mike Edwards

    Mike Edwards said (17 Jun 2008):

    Nice.

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (17 Jun 2008):

    A wonderful once in a lifetime capture

  • Eric Finster

    Eric Finster (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Great capture

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    cute and funny! cool info too!

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    lol!

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (23 Jun 2008):

    This is great, love the expression on the bell boys face.

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    Loved the story and the pic.

  • Mira Fertin

    Mira Fertin (Deleted) gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    you have got to be joking! :)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    LOL! I love the ending of your story! Thanks for sharing this fun event! Great shot.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    How delightfully eccentric - wonderful story and photo!!!

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (16 Aug 2009):

    A fun and interesting story and great set of photos! Voted

  • Joyce Mollet

    Joyce Mollet (Deleted) said (10 Aug 2010):

    Brought back some great memories of when I took my then young children to see these ducks back in the early 80s - beautiful shot!!

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