These little Mallards are out for an explore on a beautiful spring afternoon here at Beaver Willows nature habitat. This time of year, it is always exciting to see the ducklings emerge through the grasses under the watchful eyes of their parents. In the natural surroundings, ducklings must learn to forage for themselves and to be alert for predators: hungry herons, hawks, and bullfrogs.
We are fortunate that this stock of Mallard ducks is not “domesticated”… these ducks startle when humans are on the scene and do not come swimming looking for a toss of bread crust. This photo was taken behind the cover of willow limbs.