Saturday, July 17, 2010

(Day 194) Bringing up the young

Tue. July 13, 2010

Although we had some more thunderstorms this afternoon, the day started clear and quite warm. We made our way to the beach to take advantage of the warmth, and to watch our children and grandchildren enjoying themselves in and around the water. It seems we weren’t the only ones doing that - a mother duck had also decided to take her four ducklings for a swim across the bay, no doubt pointing out dangers along the way. They must have been accustomed to sharing their environment with people, because they paddled very close to the beach, seemingly oblivious to the youngsters frolicking nearby. I suspect though that mother was keeping a wary eye on all around, ready to sound the alarm and lead her brood out of danger if required - very much like her human counterpart.

(70-200mm  f8  1/320 sec  ISO320)

10 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

I like that two of them are looking off in their own direction...just like kids!

darlin said...

Super cute photo Rick!

CarreraCaballo said...

Camouflage Ducks - I like it :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

imac said...

Great shots from your holls Rick, this ones cute.

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - LOL; I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right!

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you; there are large muskies in those waters and they just love baby ducks - not a pleasant thought!

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - ha ha; the better to hide from ... photographers! Thanks Joseph.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac! We were by the water for a whole week so you had to figure at least one shot would have to include ducks!

Katherine said...

So sweet ... beautiful!

Rick said...

@Katherine - yes, very photogenic!