There seems to be a wave of ducklings going on right now at Lake Murray. I think the cooler, less dry weather has helped with nesting. Better late than never. It will be interesting to see if we have more late hatching ducklings this year.
I found this mother with 8 hatchlings all scattered around very early in the morning:
Here she is when there was more light out.
These three ducklings were without a mother, but didn't seem worried. They just continued on feeding. I could hear mom quacking from far away.
There she is! She flew back and they all swam up to her:
Little troublemaker and his six siblings are still around. He's grown a bit and is more than half feathered:
Here's his mom and two of his siblings (a third was under water):
The nervous mama was down to four ducklings, but they sure were cute. She was nervous of me at first:
One duckling really like his mom:
But, decided I was OK enough to come up to me:
Here she is with three of them, one was hiding behind her:
Here is the one:
Some good news! Big Sissy was seen very early this morning feeding with Little Sissy and Runner Duck:
Then, as soon as it was light, she went back into hiding: