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WOOD DUCK AND CHICKS

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Wood duck and chicks

It’s been a good year for wood ducks at our local reserve. This female is leading a good sized brood around the lake. Wood ducks have up to 11 eggs per clutch and as there are more than 11 ducklings in this picture (a few are hidden behind the adult) she might be minding another’s young or her nest could have been occupied by another duck’s eggs, a result of egg-dumping. The chicks stick very close at first, a good thing too because they are very vulnerable to turtles and other predators.

32 thoughts on “WOOD DUCK AND CHICKS

  1. An excellent picture of the not-so-little wood duck family. Very, very sweet!

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  2. Such little angels!!! Just adorable Belinda. I’m smiling. 😀

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  3. So many mouths to feed…. Such a cute family!

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  4. The ducklings look just like the ones from wild duck … Lovely photo Belinda.

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  5. Such a beautiful photo! I love the lily pads in the background:-)

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  6. Very charming! I love ducklings.

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  7. How modest (and smart) they are in their colouration compared to the bright drakes. Lovely photo, Belinda.

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  8. Quite a handful. Very nicely composed shot.

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  9. A beautiful family portrait.

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  10. Great photo…..😊

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  11. Simply adorable 🙂

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  12. Nice catch. Another great bird that always run when they see me.

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