Cute Ducklings Sleeping

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    As this has turned into my most popular Flickr image (by quite a bit), I thought I'd give a little more background on the experience.

    We actually went up to Trout Lake, in Yellowstone's northeast corner, to search for river otters (which can also be cute, btw). Trout Lake has been one of the more reliable locations for otter-spotting in recent years, especially during June when the trout are spawning and quite easy to catch. Our first hike up to the lake yielded no otters, but we did find a female Barrow's goldeneye with a brood of 10 or so chicks all resting on a log. These four were huddled together, but it wasn't a peaceful sleep. The second one from the right kept nodding off... and waking... and the head would drop... and suddenly it was awake again. The second from the left kept snapping at flies that were buzzing by. So I guess I captured the most restful moment.

    Oh, and it took two more trips to the lake, but we did eventually see our otters. :)

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    1. Linda DV 93 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nice Animals : BLUE ANIMALS: voting. ANIMAL REFLECTIONS: posting, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      would look good in our contest

    2. love2smile1 89 months ago | reply

      so cool I love this image =]

    3. KeriAlways (aka Images by Keri) 89 months ago | reply

      absolutely perfect. Would love to have watched them snooze and snap at flies too.

    4. Zeetz Jones 87 months ago | reply

      What a lovely shot!

    5. Mary Vican 85 months ago | reply

      Amazing! love the crop and the cute story behind it.

    6. TKO! 84 months ago | reply

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    7. n_i_n_i 83 months ago | reply

      Nice story
      Amazing photo
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    8. Vicki's Nature 83 months ago | reply

      I may have seen this before ... but it's just SO wonderful!

    9. Photoographyyy [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      Wow is fantastic this photo!!! :D

    10. ilya8pro [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition! Exellent!

    11. seddeg ~ 82 months ago | reply

      Have never seen the likes of this....incredibly tender...if not totally restful! Exquisite light and tones! =))
      (Thank you for your visit!)

    12. Eliza Frydrych 80 months ago | reply

      Outstanding picture!

    13. Pan.101 80 months ago | reply

      wonderful work,extremely well done.

    14. Kryssia © ♥ 73 months ago | reply

      Wow this is a great capture!!! Love it !

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    15. Pixi2011 66 months ago | reply

      This is so beautiful!

    16. Music To My Eyes (Photography By Mina) 50 months ago | reply

      Absolutely amazing!!! GREAT composition, and light!

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