Mother Wood Duck and seven ducklings climbed onto the Alligator ramp for some grooming and rest.
Drowsy, without a care in the world, after a bit everyone settled down and Mom stood watch. I thought these ducks were taking a risk: they don’t call it an Alligator platform for nothing!
Dad patrolled the waters.
Look carefully to the left of the Drake and you will see an Alligator body part is sticking out of the water just a smidge. I didn’t see this until I was developing these photos.
I did suspect that something was about to happen because the Drake let out a squawk, reversed course and paddled away.
Mama also sensed something was wrong.
I missed them exit from the platform but those ducklings were just about running on the water to get out of there.
When I glanced back the platform had a new occupant.
The ducklings and mom disappeared towards the other side of the pond, with a tale of survival, this time.