As I write this I just got home from a very long day of hiking and viewing nature. It's close to midnight, and I'm very tired. Still, I wanted to get this little story to you, so you can see the ducks that I saw. I hope the pictures do justice to what I'm about to describe.
There were more ducks than I had ever seen in one place, and they all came running as soon as they saw me. These ducks are used to being fed by humans, so they saw me as their new hero for the time being. I wish I had more for them than just my camera.
These ducks are still wild, but they are very used to humans. They were following me wherever I went, and if they fell behind or got distracted by something else, all I had to do was snap my fingers and they would run to catch up, just like a pack of puppies.
This picture shows what I saw when I first emerged from behind some trees, and the ducks saw me for the first time. I expected them to move away from me, but they came running towards me from all directions. You can see a couple of them at the top left swimming over to get closer.
I wasn't about to try teasing this huge crowd like I did the geese, which incidentally I haven't seen since that day. Can you imagine getting mobbed by hundreds of ducks? That probably would not have happened, but I didn't want to find out.
Even so, they stayed just out of reach from me. If I moved too quickly, they would run a few more feet away, but then waddle right back. There were plenty of quacking sounds for anybody who likes hearing the sound of these friendly birds. Next time I think I'll take some food with me. I hope it will be enough!
Here's one last picture of several of them running after me. I originally intended to end this post before this picture, but I wanted this one in here. I hope you like it.
I'm going to try to keep my hiking short tomorrow so I can catch up on things here on the web. Being gone all day for the last few days has left me far behind here, and I'm missing some of my favorite blogs right now. Besides, I am very tired and I really need a rest.