Monday, July 12, 2010

Dabbling Ducks

Foraging FunNosh, slosh, waddle, wade ... the life of a Mallard.

Mallard Siblings just munching along a shore line
on the Fox River in Batavia, Illinois.

The dip-n-dabble for some sop dropping goodness.

A hot spot (or should I say cool spot) to this Mallard family today,
was the Batavia Riverwalk fishing area, at the dam. They spent hours here
trawling along, digging their noses down deep for that good stuff.

Splashing, splattering, diving ducks.

Their bodies were like little buoyant bulldozers plodding along,
their bills vacuums, sucking up snails, fish eggs,
submerged aquatic grasses and weeds.

Notice the odd ball ... a not so ugly duckling in this brood.

Actually quite a looker, a dapper duck.

I call him Ed. That's Fred next to him.
There's Gertrude in the back.

The entire brood was a breathtakingly beautiful bunch.

Meet Mrs. Mallard.
Like a mother hen, she positioned herself here.
Just planted her foot like an anchor on a rock
and kept watch over her dapper dabbling ducklings.

The brood had this rhythmic ebb and flow
about them as they nosed around the area.
It was like watching a dance performance
along the rocky floor-line of the falls at the bottom of this dam.

Ed, quite the ham of course stole a few scenes in the show.

However Gertrude knows when to nose in and take center stage.
A moshing mallard.
She plunges forward for her reward ...
mouthwatering, beak-smacking pond scum. Yum.

Beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder.
Ed, definitely not an ugly duckling and his family
captured and kept my attention today for quite some time.

Just a few Nature-ally Beautiful Moments in the life of a Mallard family.
Summer 2010
A riverdance


  1. hee hee..clean wet ducks..
    great photos!

  2. Oh what fun! I would love to have joined them in that water last week - it was close to 100 here. Great captures!! And ED is quite a handsome fella!

  3. Debbie, your posts are such a delight! Wonderful photos and fabulous writing.

  4. Thanks Ladies! It WAS fun to watch these ducks. I have to say I got an adorable comment on my Facebook page about Ed ... saying since he is so dapper he should be called Dan. LOL, Made me smile, so thought I'd share :) Dapper Dan and family.