Mama Wood Duck's presence has been sparse as of late and I haven't seen the babies in the past three days. I am very worried as I know ducklings fall prey to all sorts of predators. Due to an early Saturday morning commitment I missed seeing the pair of wood ducks that wandered close to the house. The good husband spotted them while eating breakfast and 'stepped up to the plate' to capture some photos! What a great husband. So, it has been almost a week ago that I saw two to three babies perched on a fallen tree. I was with the horses, on the way to the paddock but had no camera. Now I don't see her at the pond at all. I did see some culprits that could be guilty. Has she smartened up and become a more aware, more skilled at hiding the babies? I doubt it, she would not have left them and traveled way up to the yard and I honestly think that is the only pair that has chosen to become regulars at the farm. Nature is cruel. Baby ducks are so sweet and innocent and the mothers' are powerless against quick strong jaws and long pointy beaks. I pray I am wrong and the babies are safely hidden.
The last time I saw the babies with the camera. Looks like one is missing!
Daddy and Mama Wood Ducks. If there are babies left, would they leave them like this?
Wish my Daddy were still alive...he would know!
Look at this big crow! The ducks don't seem to mind it being so close.
Could it be this Green Heron? My bird book says they 'fish' in ponds...but does fishing mean eating baby ducks? I know its cousin, the Great Blue Heron eats baby ducks! But the heron has not been around the pond at all lately.
He was a little alarmed at me and raised his crest!
Evil Pond Monster!
Loser Snapping Turtle that needs to find another home!