Wood duck family

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birdie
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Wood duck family

While driving down a reasonably busy road today I had to screech to a halt to jump out and film this little family....
Dad at the front and Mum at the rear, they shepherded their brood across the road and then went to ground as they saw me approach... very good camouflage as you couldn't even see the ducklings


With one eye on me the Dad led them off to "safety" while Mum closed in behind


All was looking good as they headed for the shadows

then Mum sounded an alarm, which I thought was meant for me ... till I saw this culprit fly over and perch high nearby.

My heart went out to the parents as they tried to keep their family safe . And I thought it was bad enough watching them cross the road !

birdie
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Oops missed the alarm call

Sunshine Coast Queensland

GregL
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Birdie, my wife is always yelling at me to keep my eyes on the road, I wonder if you get the same thing from your spouse. I hope at least you drive slow.
I saw my first wood ducks this week, though I may have seen them before and not realised.

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Ha ha Greg..... to be honest, I rarely drive with my husband in the car so it is not a worry from him, but my daughter is another story! My eyes have a habit of wandering skywards and tracking telegraph wires.... and unfortunately I am not a slow driver. But I have a 6th sense when it comes to wildlife it seems.
These pics were taken at the bottom of a steep hill and on a bend so they took a big risk getting their brood across safely. I was struck by the fragility of it all when they co-exist with us ... and then I saw the raven and realised life is fragile for them at the best of times!

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Birdgirl2009
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Ha ha my turn to say hope you are watching the road! The ducklings are so cute aren't they? I hope they all made it safely and the raven wasn't hungry

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Love the first shot especially. It looks like they are following a line of flowers.

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