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photoblog image Diversion Tactics

Diversion Tactics

21 June 2011

 

After passing by the heron, Mom gives the ducklings a diversion lesson.  First is the important big flap and stretch.  Next is take off and landing only three feet away accompanied by a whole lot of loud quacking. I still believe Mama is minding me, not the heron.

 

photoblog image 20110621 062.jpg

Diversion Tactics

21 June 2011

 

After passing by the heron, Mom gives the ducklings a diversion lesson.  First is the important big flap and stretch.  Next is take off and landing only three feet away accompanied by a whole lot of loud quacking. I still believe Mama is minding me, not the heron.

 

photoblog image 20110621 062.jpg

comments (14)

Great story - and photo's for illustration!
Mary MacADNski: Ducks have had a big but changing story on this pond.
What a great sequence Mary! Well done indeed.
Mary MacADNski: I love watching bird lessons as they occur.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Mar 2016, 06:31
Love the bottom shot: flight not fight
Mary MacADNski: And one of the youngin's stretching it's wings like Ma.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Mar 2016, 06:57
They have to learn early, Mary. Nice action
Mary MacADNski: I love to watch 'lessons' from birds.
I think Mama is good friends with the heron, Mary, and lives in peaceful coexistence with another bird of a feather. So it MUST have been you, yes. smile
Mary MacADNski: Louis thinks otherwise but I worry more about male ducks than herons in ducklings safety.
It looks like play time Mary.
Mary MacADNski: I think it was school time, lessons time.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Mar 2016, 09:00
Wonderfully captured!
Mary MacADNski: Thank you, Philine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2016, 10:27
Herons eat frogs, crabs, fish, insects and other birds too. Mama should mind the heron.

I have once seen a smaller type kingfisher flying towards a statue-like heron, as if it wants to perch on the heron's beak. When the smaller bird was about to land, the heron snatched it from the air and swallowed it - all in a split second.
Mary MacADNski: Wow. I have seen surprising things too. One a crow with a dead starling, shown way back in 06 here, I believe. I worry more about drakes than herons regarding the safety of baby ducks. They have so many predators. I heard raccoons killing some last summer.
It was all happening that day Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Every day there are ducks on the pond. Three have lived there all winter.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Mar 2016, 15:09
Mother knows best smile
Mary MacADNski: Always, and they give lessons all summer long.
You are perceived as the far greater threat Mary
Mary MacADNski: I think so. These are all wild ducks now. I did raise ducks who would run up from the pond when I came outside.
reminded me of flights at a busy international airport landing one after another in a queue,for some reason. great shot. i like the action unfolding.
Mary MacADNski: .Soon the baby ducks will be practicing flight and what you describe is a definite event at times.
Sound survival strategy.
Mary MacADNski: Absolutely! She gives lessons all summer and they practice these short flights for quite some time.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 13:52
Survival techniques are critical for ducklings!
Mary MacADNski: Exactly. I have watched these lessons going on for years and having raised many ducks really appreciate a wild duck's quick response.

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