We took a bag of seed down to the park this evening to feed the ducks. We’ve got wise to the geese and hide said bag in our pocket until we are out of their line of vision and can feed the ducks in peace. That is until the one we call Radar swims nonchalantly over and helps himself without letting on to his mates!
There are at least three new broods of ducklings on the lake, tiny little furballs about two or three days old, and yesterday there was a real punch-up between five female mallards and a young herring gull trying to get an easy supper. To be honest, we had never seen anything like it, the way the ducks closed ranks and attacked the gull for trying to pick off a baby, nearly dragging it under the water and trying to hold it down.
The broods we’ve seen consist of 6, 10 and 14 babies and I tried to get some pictures on my phone camera. It didn’t help that I couldn’t see the screen to focus on anything yet alone read any instructions, but my playing session a little while ago has paid off and I could bounce around ‘blind’, saving shots and preparing to take the next one without having to start again from the entire menu!
Obviously they are not a patch on what I may have taken on my Nikon, but these are the best of the twenty or so I took today (duh).
There were actually 14 babies here, but they were well scattered.
These are ducklings from one of the very first broods as they have soft downy neck feathers.
As we turned to come home, about a hundred starlings were on the bank and pavement. I pointed the phone and shot, but didn’t get that good a picture.
As for when they took off, it was awesome, but fat chance of a decent shot!