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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Baby Ducks for World Bird Wednesday

This is not my normal sort of post for World Bird Wednesday but I thought the behavior of the female Mallard extraordinary in that she brought her brood right to me. I had stopped on a levee to take a break during my mountain bike ride. I could hear baby ducks peeping in the nearby reeds and thought I'd seek them out when I finished my apple. Just as I was preparing to leave here comes mama with all her babies following along. I honestly think she was proud and wanted to show them off to me. This is not a tame city park Mallard either - pure wild. And too, these little ducklings were so damn cute I had to show them off myself for World Bird Wednesday.

This is linked to Pine River Review


21 comments:

  1. Very, very cute ... and Mama was obviously very proud to show them off to you.

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  2. I'd say mama duck is quite comfortable with humans. :)

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  3. Aww...you're right, she brought her babies up so you could get a better look at them! What a proud Mama! So glad you stopped, thank you for sharing them.

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  4. She's just showing them off!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

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  5. The baby ducks are sooooo cute!
    But I really like the proud Mama! :)

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  6. Soo lovely and great captured! :)

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  7. What a cool experience, it is wonderful that the momma was showing off her babies to you. How sweet!

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  8. I am eyeing those baby ducks! They are so adorable, and fluffy, running all over. Poor mom maybe needed a break with your camera in hand. Very nice post, impressed with your videoing skills.

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  9. Oh how special the moment! Looks like she hatched a whole pack of eggs, an even dozen. What a treat for you to capture that little excursion of theirs John.

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  10. How utterly delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed watching these ducklings and the proud mama! What a moment...or two!

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  11. Your video is heavy on the "Awww" factor. I watched it twice to count the babes.(12 or 13???)
    Hey...are you double certain that the Mom wasn't expecting a hand-out?:)

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  12. Awesome. Hard not to believe that show wasn't just for you!

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  13. Splendid post! Ducks are a blessing on the world!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  14. They're so cute.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mette

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  15. So cute! Great work!
    Happy WBW!

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  16. How could one resist such cuteness? Somehow, I think momma duck was looking for a handout. A pity you had an apple and not organic bread.

    Really nice video.

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  17. I love your ducks! We planted 200 malbec grapes last weekend, well, over 4 days.

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