“I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of spring.”
~ Helen Keller
Spring is a time for renewal, the grasses begin to grow and green up, flowers bloom, young animals are born and the birds I love so much nest and their chicks hatch. I haven’t seen many chicks yet this spring but yesterday I saw a Mallard hen with her ducklings swimming behind her on a local pond and I had to aim my lens at them.
Mallards are common throughout North America and some people even think of them as pests because there are so many of them but I try not to take them or any other bird for granted.
I counted ten ducklings behind this Mallard hen so a few of them are hidden behind her in both of these photos. The first two weeks of their lives are when the ducklings are the most vulnerable to predation so the hens keep them close which is probably why this Mallard hen was keeping an eye on me.
Life is good.