The Wood Ducks have been extra busy as of late. I was quite pleasantly surprised yesterday to stumble upon a new mother hen Wood Duck and her new brood of three precious ducklings here on the pond. I did not know that Wood Ducks would start families so late in the year, but well, here they are! I am guessing that these ducklings are about a few days old now.
They are certainly not the same ducklings that I had earlier photographed (those are now learning to fly). I think that the drakes must be hanging out at the lake down the street. I have not seen a drake here since May. I am thrilled to see these new babies and hope they thrive! I took these photographs in a big hurry so as not to upset the mother duck and her babies. I took the pictures on July 21, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!