Have you ever wondered what ducks see when they look at the world?
With eyes on the sides of their heads, they can see up to 360 degrees laterally, or a complete circle around them. However, they can see to the side better than they can see what is right in front of them. Even though they can see up to 180 degrees vertically, I've found that when there is something up in the sky the ducks tilt their heads to get a better view. It's adorable, but it's also important to their survival. An eagle or owl could swoop down and snatch them up if they are not paying attention.
So, what are they looking at?
Ducks have better night vision than chickens. While my chickens go to bed and are zoned out until it's light again, ducks are alert and active during the night. This is one of the reasons it's necessary for ducks to have adequate space in their predator proof night quarters, and water available as well.
Ducks' vision is really fascinating. To learn more check out THIS article over at Ducks Unlimited's website.