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Wood Ducks on Branch

A pair of Wood Ducks was perched on a low branch over the duckweed  covered pond on a recent drab day.

Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch
Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch

You can just make out a bit of blue feathers; it’s hard to tell if these are adult females or this year’s young starting to change.

Wood Duck on Branch
Wood Duck on Branch

I spotted a few others further out in the pond, maybe some of the ducklings I saw back in May.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks were sunning on the end of an Alligator platform until I passed by.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

Actually, there had been three; one had dropped into the water as I rounded the bend.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The other two seemed to be communicating…

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

… stay, or go?

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The female made up her mind and jumped feet first into the pond.

Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps

The male made a showier exit…

Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps

and a delicate splash down.

Wood Duck Duo, Splash
Wood Duck Duo, Splash

Wood Duck Family With Turtle

Alligator ramps around the pond provide a fairly safe and dry spot for the Wood Duck ducklings to dry off and preen.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

The Yellow-bellied Slider seemed oblivious to their occupation of his sunny spot.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Mama Wood Duck stayed in the water, patrolling for safety. Other times I have observed this there has been a Wood Duck drake nearby, also on alert, but I did not see one this time.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Wood Ducks Are Back

Yesterday was the first time I’ve seen more than two or three Wood Ducks together since last spring’s ducklings matured earlier in the summer.

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp

Several were lined up on an Alligator ramp as I approached and a few small groups were paddling around in the pond. They tend to be skittish and their general direction was away from me, but a couple more flew onto the ramp.

Wood Ducks in Pond
Wood Ducks in Pond

I heard a Hawk call in the distance and these two groups and about twenty more that I didn’t even know were there in the tree line along my path flew off in a frenzy. Sadly, no photos of that!

Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks on Alligator Ramp

Mama Wood Duck Plus Eight

Shortly after the nice surprise of seeing a Wood Duck with two ducklings on Sunday I came upon this one with eight ducklings.

Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings

They were paddling along all together in a tight group at first but eventually spread out enough for me to count them.

Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings

They followed the pond to the corner then did an about face and headed back the way they came, sticking pretty close to mom. The water was reflecting the dead brown grass on the bank so this image isn’t that pretty, but you can see each duckling distinctly.

Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Eight Ducklings

Ducklings: Make Way

Wait for me!

These ducklings and their Wood Duck mom were exploring the middle of the pond, back and forth.

Female Wood Duck with 18 Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with  Ducklings

Mom was working hard keeping track of her charges. A male Wood Duck was nearby but didn’t appear to be helping with the minute to minute supervision.

Female Wood Duck with 18 Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with  Ducklings

When they finally spread out a bit I counted 18 ducklings!

Female Wood Duck with 18 Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with 18 Ducklings