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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

A Little Drama at the Elkhorn Slough

June 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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The mallard and her ducklings waddle slowly along side the Northern California slough. I watch and photograph them even though I see mallards at home in Colorado every day. But I don’t often see ducklings.

My friends John and Vicky had invited me for a cruise of Elkhorn Slough, as I detailed in my previous post here. We were on the Selkie II, the Whisper Charters boat owned and captained by Brian Ackerman, a life-long waterman with more than 20 years of experience of operating oceanographic research vessels for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Calm prevails in the peaceful family scene.

A Dozen Ducklings Follow Mama Mallard

A Dozen Ducklings Follow Mama Mallard

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But the ground is wet and muddy, and it can be challenging for ducklings. One of them falls into a pool.

​"Stay Away from My Baby!" says the Mallard to the Gull

"Stay Away from My Baby!" says the Mallard to the Gull

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After the gull gets the message, mama returned to her stricken child.

​Mama to the Rescue!

Mama to the Rescue!

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​Ready to Rejoin the Family

Ready to Rejoin the Family

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MARGE Gledhill // Oct 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Another family group–well done–
    most mothre’s take good care of their little ones

  • 2 David Mendosa // Oct 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you, Marge. This is one of my favorite sequences.