Try as I might, I have had a hard time finding baby ducks to photograph here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA. On a recent duck hunting trip to Lake Lenexa, the mating pair was having Date Night and left the “kids” at home. I checked all the usual locations along the Indian Creek on a recent walk and was about to leave empty-handed when I finally spotted Mama Duck splashing with her babies where the water bubbles over some bigger rocks.
I’m not entirely pleased with the quality of these shots. I had to take them on maximum zoom and they aren’t as sharp as I’d like them to be. But, they’re all I have of ducklings so far and wanted to share them anyway. Plus also, ducklings with their Mama seem like a good post for Mother’s Day.
Any tips or tricks to share with me?
Duckling Photo #1. The Mama Duck who came so close I could have pet her just a few weeks earlier spotted me at quite a distance and started sounding the
Duckling Photo #2. The males immediately swooped in like Secret Service Agents protecting the President. They formed a ducky barrier between Mama, Ducklings, and me as Mama swam the wee ones to a safe place away from
the paparazzi me.
Duckling Photo #3. On the far side of the creek, it seemed to dawn on Mama that I don’t have webbed feet. She also seemed to sense that I’m not really that great a swimmer (which is true) and showed a little less urgency as she hustled the ducklings up onto dry land and off to a safe place in the woods.
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