Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Alarmed Duckling


When alarmed the flightless duckling displays the rapid take-off that Wood Ducks are well known for.

I was approaching the wetlands as discretely as possible when I encountered a number of ducklings feeding in the shallow water. The ducklings discovered me only seconds after I noticed them. As I was attempting to get a clear shot through the intervening willows the ducklings departed rapidly. The out of focus willow leaves imparted a green cast to the duckling in this shot.

Each time I encounter these Wood Duck ducklings they always scatter, each going a separate direction to find shelter. Nature provides many different defense techniques for wildlife young to insure the future of the species if not that of the individual. By scattering even if an individual duckling is caught by a predator the remainder of the brood will probably survive the attack.

8 comments:

Shellmo said...

What a great pose you captured this little duckling in! I was hopeful that we would have wood ducks this year in our nest box - they checked it out but didn't like it. I think I need to move it closer to the water. I'll just enjoy your wood ducks! :-)

Elaine said...

Gorgeous photo! You really captured his flight, and I think the green haze adds a nice mood.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great picture and information... hope all's well at your place.

fishing guy said...

Salty: Very neat capture, I've been seeing some Mallard Duckling also.

Montanagirl said...

That's interesting. I didn't realize that. Great shot.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Long time since I have visited your blog. So I have scrooled down to catch up. As always wonderful photos. Great posts. Keep up the good work :-)

photowannabe said...

I'm paddling as fast as I can. The little guy really looks scared. Great capture and information.

The Early Birder said...

Coy, their close relatives the Mandarin act in a similar way, except mum usually heads the way to a new hideaway.