Ducks are relatively small, short-necked, large-billed waterfowl (called wildfowl in Europe). Ducks belong to the family Anatidae (order Anseriformes), which also includes the swans and geese, but are then broken down into several subfamilies. In true ducks-those classified in the subfamily Anatinae-the legs are set far back on the body, as in swans, rather than forward, as in geese. This provides ducks with an advantage in swimming; however, the positioning of the legs makes a duck waddle when walking on land.
In many areas, wild ducks of various species (including ducks farmed and released into the wild) are hunted for food or sport, by shooting, or formerly by . Because an idle floating duck or a duck squatting on land cannot react to fly or move quickly, "a sitting duck" has come to mean "an easy target". These ducks may be such as .
There are no hotels, campgrounds or resorts in Duck, only a small inn and , so most vacationers opt to rent a home during their Duck vacation. Dozens of Outer Banks property management companies represent vacation rentals in the area, so the selection of homes varies greatly. Visitors can opt to stay in a or with a private pool, hot tub, game room, or theater room, or spend their vacation in a smaller, modest beach box, tucked away under the Live Oaks.
Vacation rentals in Duck generally fill up fast, but many rental companies allow reservations up to a year in advance, so booking your vacation early is easy to do. A number of companies even allow visitors to "reserve" their favorite beach home for the same time the following year while on vacation, allowing guests to have first dibbs to their favorite vacation properties. Be sure and book early, and be prepared to stay for at least a week, as unless it is a last minute reservations, most homes are only rented from Saturday to Saturday, or Sunday to Sunday. The good news is that you'll surely savor every day that you're on your Duck vacation. Vacation Rental companies offering homes in Duck include: