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Mama and Babies | by R.C.Moonstruck
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Mama and Babies

In the pond behind the furniture store, we discovered a Mama duck with five babies. Captivated, I watched them for about 15 minutes as they hopped into the water and swam about, as shown above.

 

I'm sure exactly how, but one of the little ducklings somehow got separated from the rest (either by being "disobedient" and swimming off or getting lost somehow). I think it was the first option, because as I was beginning to drift into a daydream, I heard loud, angry honking, the loud flap of wings and the loud splashing of water as Mama duck swept down on her lone duckling in a flurry of feathers and water. Furiously she disciplined him with a harsh pecking. Then, she lead the little bird back to the flock.

 

I love the pond ripples in these photos. They almost look like glass. I don't know how I managed to make it look like this, but I am extremely pleased with the resulting effect.

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Taken on July 3, 2009