I went to the Del Mar Fair today (actually, it's called the San Diego County Fair).
But, first, I started with the horse show. I really liked this horse, he seemed so relaxed. Unfortunately, I think he had problems with listening to commands and they got last place.
This lady and her horse got first place:
I then visited the chicken pens and saw this perfect bantam rooster:
This year, there were ducks! This is a beautiful Cayuga duck, but he was a bit stressed out:
There were also three call ducks that were fairly relaxed:
Then, it was on to the butterfly tent:
In the nearby lagoon, there were lots of ducklings. Amazingly, they were growing up relaxed. I guess the gulls and herons in the area really haven't put a lot of pressure on them in this spot:
This mother duck seemed to be co-parenting with another female, perhaps her mother or sister:
A mom and an older duckling:
And, there were black necked stilt:
He had a family with a little chick (and a killdeer for company). Actually, they had two chicks:
Hiding from me:
The killdeer had her own nest, too, with three eggs:
There was another nest in an area with the ducklings:
There was also a ruddy duck in breeding colors, but he wasn't too keen on me taking his picture:
There was also another killdeer nest (or chicks) and I think an avocet nest. Boy, those killdeer did NOT like that avocet, though I don't think the avocet is a threat except that it would chase any chicks away from its nest (which it might have been doing when I saw the killdeer have a fit while it was walking around the area).