Birds, Bees, Ducks, and Duck Eggs

In this post, we wanted to give a shoutout to staff photographer, Shey Wicklund. She’s one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet, and we think she’s one of the great photographers out there. She’s super-humanly dedicated to her work. Sometimes we think she may not know how much she’s loved by the whole crew here. Sometimes she brings in dried fish and heats it up in the microwave. The smell isn’t something Westerners are used to, so this typically clears the entire room. That’s Shey, always bringing something new to our lives.

One time, Editor Dave Evans decided to help himself to one of her “hard boiled eggs.” What he actually got was Balut (preserved duck egg), where much of the duck embryo is fully formed. It’s common and popular in the Philippines, but not with most Westerners, and definitely not with Dave. We all remember the incredible sound of Dave’s horror that day. Steven Spielberg wants to use a recording of that sound in Jurassic Park 4. Dave’s been afraid of Shey ever since. He isn’t swiping food anymore either. We think he’s found religion.

Shey is fascinated with nature. She can take pics all day and then turn around and wonder why the rest of the crew is exhausted. No one else easily sees what her discerning eye finds in an instant. When the full-size pic emerges, it’s obvious to anyone the beauty she saw all along. The following two pics were taken from her back porch.



Shey loves to take pictures of ducks. Who doesn’t love ducks? They look so serene and tranquil just drifting along the way they do


But not too many people know that ducks enjoy synchronized swimming. Shey revealed the truth.




About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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6 Responses to Birds, Bees, Ducks, and Duck Eggs

  1. Shey says:

    heehee. 🙂


  2. Romayne Wicklund says:

    Would a preserved California Condor egg be a full meal? Jes askin…


  3. Ah, the pear blossoms are very pretty!! The synchronized swimming ducks are too cute… Your dry fish in the microwave oven story sounds familiar. These were back in the days when my parents were still working, at a University Accelerator Center. Being from the Hunan province of China, they are crazy about red hot chili peppers, on top of dry fish. They said when they heated up their lunch boxes, most of their western colleagues broke out in loud coughs… I asked them why can’t they just keep their exotic food at home for breakfast and dinner, and try a mild version at work for lunch. So they tried… But from time to time, they broke down and gave their co-workers big cough at lunch time. They are retired.:-)


    • EagleAye says:

      Oh that’s so funny! My wife is from the Philippines. When a Filipino travels they’re culturally expected to bring back “Pasulubung” (gifts for friends and family from their travels). So when we went to the Philippines, we had to bring boxes of Pasulubung with us. When we came back, we had to bring Pasulubung from the Phils to give to friends in the US. Sheesh! And that included dried fish. Let me tell you, that thing was quadruple-wrapped because it was buried amongst the clothes!


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