Sunday, 14 June 2009

Ducklings and Goslings and Coot-lings, Oh My!

If there's one thing I miss from my narrowboat-dwelling days, it's never waking up to find ducklings playing outside my bedroom window any more. For some reason they just don't come to visit us up on our hill.

So when my husband & I were thinking about where to go out yesterday, when I suggested that - since it's baby bird season - it might be an appropriate time to visit our local wetlands centre at Slimbridge.

We first saw one little fella who'd become separated from his family - he was paddling around at top speed, squawking frantically.


Thankfully, it didn't take him long to find his siblings, mum, and dad:




I also had a lot of fun taking pictures of some entertaining - and adorably fluffy - goslings:




Look at the disproportionately large feet of this young moorhen:


We were on our way back to the car when Andy spotted three tiny coot chicks (I don't know of a special word for them. Anyone??) hiding in the rushes, while their parents rushed about nearby trying to find food. I spent several minutes trying to photograph them, but they never fully came clear of the leaves - however, I was eventually rewarded with a shot of some actual feeding (regurgitated food - yum!).




Even the flamingos have young mouths to feed at the moment:



Chele said...

Some of those pics were so sweet!

Anonymous said...

What a find! It's so rare to get up close enough to see young birds.
What kind of ducks are those?

Chef E said...

FANTASTIC PHOTOS!!! I love these, and that chick diving down under the water...not to sure if I really wanted such a visual of the regurgitated food, but hey its all in the name of art right :)

Johanna said...

gorgeous photos - I love that fluffy bottom - I had a pet duck when I was little so have a soft spot for ducklings too

Fly Girl said...

These pix are so sweet! I'm impressed you managed to get so close. Feeding ducks and ducklings is one of my favorite things to do.

WhisperingWriter said...

These pictures are amazing!

Kim said...

Yeah, I remember a very persistent mommy duck trying to convince us to feed her babies when we did a narrow boat trip.
I loved your pic's. Thanks

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

ohmysoul, those baby flamingos are the cutest-ugly little creatures ha, never seen a baby one before =)

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