On my walk around Crescent Lake park in mid-August, I saw the above muscovy duck with babies. One was all yellow. It’s not uncommon for them to have all yellow ducks but usually as they grow up they start to get a lot of brown feathers in. This one was old enough to have brown feathers. He was really pretty.
The babies were resting in the grass.
Later on the other side of the lake I saw a family all sleeping huddled together under a tree. They were close to the sidewalk but the foot traffic was not disturbing them.
Another section of the lake had babies trying to cross the road. It was funny to watch them jump off the curb one by one. That seemed like such a big jump to them.
Of course they got right in the middle of the street and the babies plopped down on the road. Someone walked over and shooed them to the sidewalk since cars tend to go fast around this curve.
They all made it over to the sidewalk. Even in late summer, it’s a baby boom at the lake.
I really enjoy your blog! You are such a wonderful photographer. I’m in Naples so not familiar with all your birding spots. I’m making a list of places to visit!
I’m also a children’s picture book author and I’m about to release a new book about Florida’s wading birds called Jenny’s First Catch. It features a young Roseate Spoonbill that is trying to teach herself how to fish to surprise her mom. She meets a variety of wading birds who try to show her their method of fishing, but her big spoonbill just won’t work like the other birds’ bills. Habitat partitioning and physical adaptation are some of the science concepts highlighted in the book.
My hope is that Jenny’s First Catch will inspire children and their parents to start birding! In this crazy time, parents and grandparents are looking for fun, educational, and socially-distant activities. Birding is perfect! And there are wonderful places in SW Florida as you know. I’m going to post a colorful checklist on my website along with other games and activities to add to the fun.
I’d love to send you a book – its a beautiful 34 page, full-color, hardback picture book. One of the activity sheets I’d like to develop is a matching game where kids would match a picture of the adult wading bird with a picture of its chick. Perhaps you would be willing to supply me with some of the immature chick pictures that I’m missing in exchange for some signed books?? Not long ago you took some amazing Limpkin baby pictures!
Thanks for your consideration, Dina! My book business is just a hobby that barely breaks even. Like you, I just want to share my passion with families and make a difference in the world.
Awesome photos of the duck family. That is a baby boom, they are so cute. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day. Happy weekend to you!
It’s so exciting to see little ducklings…they are SO cute! We see the Muscovy duck at the park and they are not the prettiest ducks but the babies are adorable! Good photos!
Awwww…they are so sweet! I love seeing little ducklings, great photos!