Today’s post is by request of my faithful commenter Carolyn, who asked for photos of the wildlife that I see when rowing. Truth be told, I haven’t taken many photos, chiefly because I am afraid of dropping my phone in the river, so I generally don’t bring it in the boat. I saw an interesting duck parenting scene last weekend, though. Mama Duck and her babies looked a lot like this image I found online:

Wood duck swimming with her ducklings.

(Creative Commons image via flickr)

Most of the little ones were behaving themselves and staying close to Mama, but one kept wandering off. The river was so big and exciting, he just had to explore. Although Mama kept chasing after him and quacking, she couldn’t get him to stay with the other ducklings.

After a while Daddy Duck had enough of that, and the next time the youngster got too far away, Daddy went and bit him! The little guy tried to hide behind a rock, but it looked to me like he got pecked pretty thoroughly anyway. And that goes to show—it’s best to listen to Mama, even if you are a duck.

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  1. There’s always one, isn’t there?? Lovely photo and a fun story 🙂

  2. What a lovely sight, Meg!

  3. This made me laugh, Meg ~ I’m an only child but if I’d had brothers and sisters I would be that ‘one’!

  4. This tickled me, Meg! Great sharing! Thank you!

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