During my last kayak outing, I had just began carrying my camera equipment from the kayak haul-out location to my truck in the nearby parking lot, when I noticed something in the distance that looked a bit “unusual”. I quietly set down my gear and got out my binoculars. Down the waterway, there were six young Wood Ducklings scattered about a downed log (can you spot all 6 of them?):
And here is a closeup of one of the pairs on the log:
But still, no mama duck. But after grabbing a few images, mama flew in and landed just feet from her babies:
… and off they all went, in a long line that disappeared into the tall grass!
After not seeing many wood ducks in the area this spring, it was a fresh breath of air to see that at least one woody hen had already been successful nesting! Hoping to get more images of this family during future outings!