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Joy of Finding Baby Ducks

Nothing like going for a walk to take a break from work and finding something wonderful. Let me share the joy of finding a flock of 6 ducklings and their mom.

Here I was walking the Springbrook Creek trail, had just crossed a street. I looked down into the creek where I had spotted a mallard duck standing on a log. In the mud I saw something squirming.  My brain went that isn’t right.  Mud does not wiggle. To my delight it was 6 ducklings.

Here is what I saw. Be sure to check out how there is one rouge little one in this picture.

Mom Duck and her babies on the bank of Springbrook Creek.

Next is a photo with a little closer view of the pile that was wiggling in their sleep.  The rouge baby has joined and they are sunning themselves.

Baby Pile hanging out on the beach

This video will give you a feeling for how they blend in but their moving around gives them away. Mom is watching for anything that might hurt her babies.  See that vigilante look she has in between grooming her feathers.

As I finished filming the family of ducks a group of walkers came along.  I asked them if they wanted to see baby ducks & their eyes lighted up. I showed them where they were & even said go over here for a better view.  One of the girls took a photo with her phone. She showed her buddy and he said… “That is Wonderful”.

Now I not only enjoyed these little bundles of job but passed that wonder to others.  Then I continued on my walk down to the boardwalk that crosses over the marshy wildlife preserve. The birds were singing in the trees and it was just a “wonderful” spring day.

On my way back I passed the bridge and looked to see how our family was doing. Mom had just launched them all into the water.

Mom Mallard Duck launching her brood into the creek

Of course I took more photos and got this little video of them going under the bridge.

Then I ran across the street and there they were coming out from under the bridge.

Mom is just leading the parade of her babies.  They are all in a row taking advantage of their flocks momentum.

Ducklings all in a row swimming in their mom’s wake.

Then as I walked further down the trail I got a shot of them through the trees.  Check out how one baby is trailing behind.  Wonder if this is the same little rascal who was not in the pile when I first found them.

Parting shot through the trees at the duck parade
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Dock Ducks

Deep under the Fauntleroy Washington State Ferry Dock one can walk when the tide is out enough. There is a murder of crows who frequent this piece of the beach next to the ferry dock and the mouth of the Fauntleroy Creek. In the past I have taken a few photos and video of the crows bathing in the creek before it hits the salt water of Puget Sound.

I love the graphics of under the dock and took this photo quite a bit ago that shows the feel of being under the dock.

This Sunday I walked down to see if the crows were doing their thing at the beach. There were no crows bathing in the creek of hanging out on the beach. They were busy chasing a hawk up on the hill plus some were making babies hatch. There I was under the dock having crow withdrawal and there was this little flock of mallards just chilling there.

This little video is them at the surf edge. It is short but check out the duck at the left. He raises one of his feet as the surf flows up to him. I love running this over and over as he avoids the wetnees.

They did not care that this crazy nature lady was lurking by the dock piling and taking photos with her new cell phone. Oh forgot to tell you I had to get a new phone since I am retiring and my company cell phone needs to go to the big corporate sky. Check out some of my first photos with my new Moto.

There is a lone duck to the left – but don’t we all feel like the lone duck at times.

One more picture for the road. May you have enjoyed the ducks of the dock.

If you want more about the Fauntleroy Dock Crows here it is …  Crows in the creek!

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Ducky Bathtime

We play with ducks when we bathe. This duck is doing a little of his own splashing around in a lagoon at Discovery Park. This is a bit of water between the beach and Puget Sound.

The trail passes on the east side of it. As I walked along I noticed this family of Mallards sunning and preening themselves.

Got to keep my feathers in tip top shape

It started with a little flapping and splashing by one of the boys

Then he took a little spin around the pond.

Next he started to warm up the splash machine again.  See how the water is starting to oscillate?

Then he went into full-blown splashing around.