Thursday, April 3, 2014

Leaving Their Nest For The First Time

Common Goldeneye ducklings leaving their nest for the first time. Unlike our non-flying domestic ducks, ducks in the wild can make their nest up in trees to keep safe from land predators. Within the first 72 hours, the mother duck takes them out into the world for food and water. She flies down to the ground and the little ducklings leap down to follow. At this stage their bones are still very soft, so this journey is usually completed very safely. In fact, the mother will sometimes cushion the area below the nest with leaves for her little babies. How awesome!

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