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The duck was a type of bird native to the planet Earth. As a food, they were eaten roasted. (ENT: "Singularity") A baby duck was called a duckling. The lyrics of Oh My Darling, Clementine mentioned the titular character driving ducklings to the water. (VOY: "Equinox")
In 2285, when the Enterprise entered the Mutara sector, they were engaged in combat by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey commanded by Kruge. During the attack, they had lost control of their ship, Kirk said: "So, we're a sitting duck." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
Later that year, Captain Kathryn Janeway likened the constant, minor attacks by Kazon raiders on Voyager to being "pecked to death by ducks." Soon after, when Voyager had been captured by Kazon, Tom Paris sent a message to The Doctor on the Emergency medical holographic channel and described himself as a "dead duck" if The Doctor wasn't receiving it. (VOY: "Basics, Part II", "Basics, Part I")
In 2373, Captain Benjamin Sisko told Jadzia Dax that the Defiant would be a sitting duck if they hadn’t finished laying the minefield before the imminent arrival of Dominion forces. (DS9: "Call to Arms")