Mother duck with ducklings

Mother duck with ducklings

I had a “Make Way for Ducklings” moment on the path at Green Lake during my morning run this week.  This mother duck had her wings full with a brood of eleven ducklings!  I hope she has a delightful Mother’s Day next Sunday.

Enjoy!

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Zebra mare and baby, Sept 9, near Khwai River

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Grizzlies race away

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Mother duck sitting on brood of ducklings

Mother duck sitting on brood of ducklings

Mother duck puffed out trying to cover ducklings

Mother duck puffed out trying to cover ducklings

Detail of beautifully patterned feathers

Detail of beautifully patterned feathers

Every spring I watch for the arrival of baby ducklings at Green Lake.  This year I’ve noticed two families with babies, and they are now a couple of weeks old.  This mother duck sitting on her brood of ducklings made me smile.  The babies are getting too big to fit, and they hid their heads under the mother while their little butts stuck out.  They reminded me of gangly kids on the cusp of adolescence who sit all arms and legs on their parent’s lap.