Wood Duck-ling 2

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Sacramento, United States

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Or should it be Wood Duck duckling? What would you yell at a duck going under an underpass with inadequate clearance? “Duck, duck”?

Well, this little guy isn’t gonna need warning about something like that for a while. He could have swam under the arches of my feet without tickling my soles. LOL! Like his buddies, he bobbed about, sometimes more than 25 yards from mom and snapped at anything that looked edible, mostly nothing. Mom’s voice was so slight I wasn’t sure I was even hearing it so duckling ears must be pretty big or plenty sensitive under all that fuzz. But when she said somethings, all the ducklings knew it was time to gather with mom or get herded back.

I would LOVE to see ducking feet from under clear water. They have to move at the speed of light because they push these little buggers faster than it seems possible. They actually lift up out of the water a bit when really jetting along but their feet never show so they aren’t running on the surface. Or at least, I don’t think so.

The Nikon D80 captured this shot with the 70-300mm telephoto at 300mm with the duckling less than 10 feet from me. Wood duckies (There! That works! LOL!) seem immune to fear of humans unless the human moves; they get a LOT closer than mom would. But mom didn’t mind if a few of her little bobbers bobbed over to me, as closely as they could get. And I didn’t mind as long as I was able to get my feet out of the way for their close-ups. :-)

Location: McKinley Park “duck pond”, Sacramento, California, USA

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