White Swan, White Goose, Mother Goose
White feathers during most seasons of the year, black feathers otherwise;
webbed feet; unfailingly polite; also remember:
If it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck,
and if it's not some drunk impersonating a duck ...
it's probably a duck.
Some White Ducks are known as "dabblers." They kind of like to eat
fish, and are willing to stick their head underwater in hopes that a fish
might happen by, but if not, they are happy to sit idly on top of the
water in the hope that someone might throw bread at them. Other White Ducks
are "divers." They really, really like to eat fish. So much so that
many diving White Ducks wear scuba gear and carry spears.
Often it is possible to see a group of White Ducks flying in "V" formation high
in the sky. Ornithologists puzzled over this for years before coming
to the conclusion that this is not the modern English "V", but rather
the old style letter "U" as is often used on faux-ancient monuments to
spell a latin phrase such as "E PLVRIBVS VNVM."
So the puzzle was solved: early in the breeding season, White Ducks fly in
"D" formation, they switch to "V" after about two weeks, "C" a few weeks after
that, and finally the rarely-observed "K" formation. They are spelling "DVCK."