"Walk the walk, quack the quack. We copy-duck what our mummy does and says"My favourite shot of the day. Now that I'm starting to get familiar with this camera and some of the settings, I started trying to get closer than I had done in previous encounters. Of course, mummy duck was a bit worried, but not that much as these ducklings aren't that young + vulnerable now I'd like to think.
"Quack! Come back here now!"
Then again, maybe a big guy lugging several large black bags, with a black jacket, and a large + noisy camera, and running around closely behind you is a bit scary ;)
Though not every duck appeared to be scared of me...
This couple above were less than a meter from my feet, and obligingly posed for the camera. Their curiosity was amazing... but perhaps they were just waiting for some bread...
I also saw another mummy duck with a sizeable flock of (younger + cuter) ducklings in the water too. But those were a bit too far away to get decent shots of without a longer wildlife telephoto lens yet, not to mention the water being a bit messy from the rain storm a few minutes earlier. It's kindof amazing how quickly the weather cleared up after that (when I went and took the above photos). Only 30 minutes to 1 hour earlier...
Searching for food in the wet grass
Another scavenger feasting on juicy worms
An orange-billed duck?!
So, it seems like I had quite a fruitful day today :)