Mommy duck

Published June 20, 2013 by Dreamreflector

The bed of reeds on our summer cottages beach has become home to a proud mommy duck and her babies. I caught the family on a tilted tree trunk on our beach and got to witness a pretty interesting series of events. Luckily I had my camera on hand and managed to get some photos of this as well.

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At first I thought that the mother duck was sitting funny and looked a little chubby…

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Soon it became obvious that the duck had in fact been warming her nine baby ducklings under her wings.

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It was a cute family scene… until

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Something threatening came towards the family. I didn’t see what it was but my guess would be the mink.

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Suddenly the mom left and the ducklings were left alone. I tried to figure out why the mom left and came to the conclusion that the mother’s aims was to create a distraction, so that the babies could get away safely. Soon after, the ducklings had disappeared into the reeds, but the mom was nowhere to be seen. I got a little worried. Had the mink possibly made that dedicated mother into a dinner? I observed the situation and for a few hours there was nothing. But after about two and a half hours, the mother reappeared, seemingly unharmed. I was SO happy for them!

Today’s dream quote: “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true” ^^

 

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2 comments on “Mommy duck

  • What a delightful experience when one sees how close the relationship & love between Mother Ducks & their ducklings.
    Lovely photos.

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