I have a story for you about a little duckling today. What it did was pretty funny. I still laugh just thinking about this one. It's something I thought only happened in cartoons. It seems like I'm seeing a lot of cartoon stuff lately.
Anyway, I decided to go back to the place I saw the mother duck and her little ones. It's been about two weeks since I saw them and I thought I'd go and try to get some better pictures. Time seems to go by so fast though. When I saw them before they were so little, and the mother was keeping a very close watch on them.
This time when I stepped out of the forest and out near the pond, they had grown a lot since then. There was one of them swimming near the shore right in front of me. It didn't see me at first, and I had trouble seeing it because of the weeds. Well, you can see what I mean by looking at the picture.
I decided to get a closer look, since it didn't seem to mind, so I stepped a little closer. That's when it took off! This funny little duckling shot off so fast that it looked like it was actually running on top of the water! You can see that it's not really swimming at all.
I could actually see its feet running on the surface of the water. I tried to follow it with the camera, but it was much too fast for me. This picture was only a lucky shot. If you take a close look you can see the water splashing behind it and the big wake it left back there.
I'm sure it was pretty scared, but that was the most comical reaction I've ever seen by an animal. I've had so many different animals run from me, but none ever did it like this. I was trying to follow it with the camera and watch it while I was laughing. It wasn't easy at all.
The little duckling stopped as soon as it met up with this second one. As soon as they got together, they leisurely swam to the other side of the pond and into the weeds there. That was the last I saw of them.
I didn't get a better picture than this one because the sun was shining much too brightly into the screen of the camera. I had to point it in the direction I hoped was right, and make a few blind attempts. I guess all three pictures were lucky, even though I got several bad ones to go with these.
If you watch anything long enough, you'll get to see things like this. Nature, animals, people, even traffic. There's always something amusing if you pay attention.