Female Wood Duck with Chicks

Wood Duck With Chicks

Mama Wood Duck and her brood posed for a family portrait on one of the new alligator ramps installed around the rice field. I counted fourteen chicks while they were sitting still, but some were snoozing with their heads down so there may have been more. All About Birds says their clutch can have up to sixteen eggs.

Female Wood Duck with Chicks
Wood Duck with Chicks

A Common Gallinule was doing his best to photo bomb the portrait, paddling along behind them. I waited, hoping he would move along.

Female Wood Duck with Chicks
Wood Duck with Chicks

He did, but Mama felt it was time to move on, too, and they all bailed off in one fluid motion off the side of the ramp away from me.

Female Wood Duck with Chicks
Wood Duck with Chicks

9 thoughts on “Wood Duck With Chicks”

  1. This is such a wonderful time of the year as signs of new life are everywhere. I really like your shots of the wood duck family, minus the Dad. It saddens me a bit that the Moms are saddled with all of the responsibility to look after the numerous babies, unlike some other species where both parents are involved.

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    1. I love spring — great stuff happening everywhere you look, Mike! Thanks! Dad wasn’t around, that I could see. Other times I’ve seen the drake swimming near the family and helping with danger alerts, but certainly not with the herding of all those chicks. It is interesting watching all the different parenting styles in nature.

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