Why do the ducks at my local pond become more aggressive when they’re being fed by someone? Why aren’t they that aggressive whenever they’re foraging?

Why do the ducks at my local pond become more aggressive when they’re being fed by someone? Why aren’t they that aggressive whenever they’re foraging?

So, I was watching some ducks at my local pond for a few hours and they were wadding around, dipping here and there, just generally searching for food, with one duck very occasionally chasing another duck. But whenever someone came up to feed the ducks, they would become more aggressive and chase each other.

Why is this?

I’m thinking that the (cost of chasing)>(benefit of getting food) when normally looking, then cost

Anyone have any ideas?

Is this basic resource defense?

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