Mallard Ducklings – Signs of Spring

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Mallard hen with her ducklingsMallard hen with her ducklings – Nikon D500, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

Mallard hen with ducklingsMallard hen with ducklings – Nikon D500, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

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.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte May 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Very cool pics Mia. Love how you captured the movement of the water.

  2. Elephants Child May 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Ahhhh.
    Thank you. I needed this.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Never enough mallards!!! It’s humans that are too darned “common” and prolific! WE are the ones abusing our environment and habitat…using up valuable resources…When I see pictures of someone boasting that they have 19 grandchildren, or such high number, I cringe. Two parents, their children, and then their grandchildren, etc. A geometric progression that is horrifying, especially with dwindling resouces…like potable water, for instance…

  4. Shannon McPartland May 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    A Momma Mallard showed up on our pond a few weeks ago with 14 ducklings, though only 6 survived the really small vulnerable stage…but these 6 are thriving. I never take any bird for granted-for many their subtleties show the profound beauty and wisdom in nature.

  5. Bob mcpherson May 8, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Love ducks. Great shots.

  6. Liz Cormack May 8, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Cute! We only have Canada goslings so far. Looking forward to Mallard ducklings.

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