ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Wild baby ducks!

Updated on April 26, 2016
Butterscotch's babies!
Butterscotch's babies! | Source

I love baby ducks!

I just love ducklings and I thought I would create a whole lens devoted to them. Right now, this lens is mostly about wild ducklings, including wild-born hybrids. Most of the ducklings in this lens live at Lake Murray in San Diego, California.

The photo to the left is of Butterscotch, a full-blooded mallard and her dozen ducklings (10 are shown). She ended up only raising about four of them, though. She is one of three sisters that were raised the year before. In total, they had about 14 surviving ducklings despite swimming around under a heron's nest and the heron constantly stalking them.

Unfortunately, the results for 2012 weren't so good for the three sisters. One sister, Caramel, died that year before her eggs could hatch. And, the other sister, Peaches, lost her entire clutch to gulls this year. Butterscotch disappeared with her latest clutch of ducklings soon after they hatched, so it is unknown if any survived this year. But, it looks like gulls got her entire clutch as well. The three sisters are very close, but they all bred at different times and seemed so lost without each other. Peaches, especially, wanted to be with her sister and mother more than anything, but was torn between being with them and protecting her ducklings. The previous year, the gulls weren't so bad, so she may have been unprepared for their attacks.

In 2014, Butterscotch had an early set of ducklings. Two ducklings even got lost, but only one was caught and returned to her. Unfortunately, like a lot of ducklings this year, none of them survived past a week. This year was not a good year for ducklings, only a few survived to adulthood.

***All the photos on this lens were taken by me (and are copyrighted) with the exception of the Allposters photos which are for sale through the Allposters site. Please ask if you would like to use my photos before doing so.

First ducklings of 2016 Breeding Season!

OK, these weren't hatched in 2016, but they are the first ducklings after the last breeding season ended. These ducklings were actually hatched around Christmas, 2015. Unfortunately, they were all eaten by gulls before they were 10 days old.
OK, these weren't hatched in 2016, but they are the first ducklings after the last breeding season ended. These ducklings were actually hatched around Christmas, 2015. Unfortunately, they were all eaten by gulls before they were 10 days old. | Source

My wild baby duck videos and sideshows!

Here are some videos and sideshows I've created on wild baby ducks. The first two is of Fish Food Mama, the next one is of Pepper's family (Pepper is the star of his own book!), then comes Neo, and, finally, Snowie's ducklings hatched in 2014.

Lucky Ducklings
Lucky Ducklings

This is sorta based on the true stories of ducklings that get lost in a storm drain, but it has a happy ending that many children can relate to. It is recommended for older children even though it's a picture book. Younger children who love ducks might like this as well.

 

Friendly ducklings!

Friendly ducklings!
Friendly ducklings! | Source
Mallard ducklings (Fish Food Mama's babies from 2010).
Mallard ducklings (Fish Food Mama's babies from 2010). | Source

Wild baby duck poll

The photo above is of a mother mallard and her three ducklings (Peaches, Caramel and Butterscotch). I like mallard ducklings. What kind of wild duckling do you like?

*I added Muscovy ducklings to the poll because they are considered to be truly wild to parts of Texas and Latin America.

Wild Baby Duck Poll!

Which wild baby ducks are your favorite?

See results
mallard duckling
mallard duckling | Source

Enjoying wild baby ducks:

Ducklings hatch covered with down and can usually leave the nest within a day. Most of the time, mothers will wait until they hatch all the eggs before moving the entire family off the nest. Families can initially be very large, as many as fourteen or fifteen ducklings depending on the species. After they leave the nest, they then forage and feed on their own with mom leading around to the best areas to find what they nutritionally need.

Ducklings face many hazards just in their first two weeks in life. Often, a large brood is hard for one mother to keep warm and many babies die from hypothermia within the first few days. Also, they require a certain amount and type of food all while they are trying to keep up with mom and hide from predators. Many ducklings fail to get adequate nutrition and these often die between the ages of two to six days. Then, there are predators such as herons, hawks, turtles and even large fish that like to feast on ducklings. In the end, a successful mother will end up with three or four ducklings reaching adulthood.

If you find a wild duckling on its own, step back and observe before rescuing it, unless it's in immediate danger. Ducklings will peep loudly and look for their mom for a long time. Most of the time, they find their parents or their parents come looking for them. If you must rescue a duckling, take it to a wildlife rehabber as it is illegal to possess wild baby ducks without certain paperwork and permits.

Duck mothers generally only care for their own babies and will attack strange babies.. However, sometimes when two families meet, some ducklings get mixed up and end up going off with the other family. If families do get mixed up, it will most likely happen when the babies are a few days old up to about a week old and usually between closely-related mothers who nested near each other. Some wild duck mothers do not hatch their own ducklings, but steal some from other mothers who have large broods, but this is rare. Most mothers prevent strange females from getting too close to their babies.

Wild Baby Duck Photos! - Photos that I took of wild baby ducks!

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Mom with six ducklings.Babies of 2013 (unfortunately, these disappeared quickly. Don't know what happened to them).Six of the ten ducklings that hatched first in 2013.A cute duckling looking back at me.Big stretch!Jumping duckling!  Mallard ducklings on their first day out.
Mom with six ducklings.
Mom with six ducklings. | Source
Babies of 2013 (unfortunately, these disappeared quickly. Don't know what happened to them).
Babies of 2013 (unfortunately, these disappeared quickly. Don't know what happened to them). | Source
Six of the ten ducklings that hatched first in 2013.
Six of the ten ducklings that hatched first in 2013. | Source
A cute duckling looking back at me.
A cute duckling looking back at me. | Source
Big stretch!
Big stretch! | Source
Jumping duckling!  Mallard ducklings on their first day out.
Jumping duckling! Mallard ducklings on their first day out. | Source

Baby wood ducks! - Cute!

wood ducklings
wood ducklings | Source

Wood ducks are known to nest in trees and nest boxes. When their babies hatch, the mother leads them to jump out and follow her to the nearest body of water. However, they don't always need to nest in trees, but it's helpful for them to protect the eggs and young babies from predators. At Lake Murray, they tend to either nest on the ground or on low-hanging trees with thick branches. In 2011, two moms raised two broods at the lake.

Baby wood duckling getting ready to jump!

Source

Baby Wood Duck


This baby wood duck is ready to jump! Wood ducks frequently nest in trees or wood duck nesting boxes. After the ducklings hatch, the mother leaves and calls to them. The ducklings then jump out of the nest which can be over 30 feet off the ground! Most ducklings survive these jumps with no issues and quickly follow mom away from the nest.

This poster is available on Allposters.com. Click on the link to order.

Baby wood duck ready to jump

Two brothers

Two brothers
Two brothers | Source

Oh my gosh, even more baby ducks! - Most of these are Fish Food Mama's new ducklings, but some other ones, too.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Awww, three mallard ducklingsHey, let me in!Got anything good to eat?This is Neo, he's a lone survivor of a bad mama.Neo, a little older.Mom and one duckling.Mom guards her last duckling.Just keep swimming!Under Mom's protection.
Awww, three mallard ducklings
Awww, three mallard ducklings | Source
Hey, let me in!
Hey, let me in! | Source
Got anything good to eat?
Got anything good to eat? | Source
This is Neo, he's a lone survivor of a bad mama.
This is Neo, he's a lone survivor of a bad mama. | Source
Neo, a little older.
Neo, a little older. | Source
Mom and one duckling.
Mom and one duckling. | Source
Mom guards her last duckling.
Mom guards her last duckling. | Source
Just keep swimming!
Just keep swimming! | Source
Under Mom's protection.
Under Mom's protection. | Source

Wild baby ducks' guestbook!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      It's good to find someone who likes birds. Thank you for making this lens.

    • kathysart profile image

      kathysart 5 years ago

      So darling! Not too many things cuter than baby animals.. except maybe humans. Love these little ducklings!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      The little ones are adorable.

    • annieangel1 profile image

      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'm a great fan of ducks, thanks for sharing this with us

    • profile image

      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What cute li'l ducks! I love this lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed seeing this, I love ducks and your video are great.

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I love seeing ducks. The babies are so cute.

    • Andy-Po profile image

      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Cute. I love watching ducklings.

    • profile image

      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I am absolutely wild about baby ducks! I just saw this incredible film of baby Canadian geese following a young girl in an airplane to learn how to migrate into the U.S. for the winter. Now, what what that film's name?

    • DesignedbyLisa LM profile image

      DesignedbyLisa LM 5 years ago

      I love baby ducks! They are so cute!

    • flicker lm profile image

      flicker lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens! Great photos! Ducklings are so sweet.

    • profile image

      MobileAppMan 5 years ago

      My father surprised my sisters and I when I was 7 with 6 ducklings. I loved those silly birds. Great stuff.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

      Angel blessing for this. I think you would love my lens Why I Won't Eat Goose for Christmas

    • Shorebirdie profile image
      Author

      Shorebirdie 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thanks! I already visited your lens.

    • vkumar05 profile image

      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Just Too Cute. Awesome Photos Great Lens.

    • sousababy profile image

      sousababy 5 years ago

      Ahhh, too cute!

    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Too cute. You write beautiful and informative lenses - thank you.

    • cajkovska lm profile image

      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Cute... i like your photos

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These Baby Ducks are precious. I sure enjoyed this visit. Thank you.

    • kimark421 profile image

      kimark421 5 years ago

      This lens made me smile. Who doesn't love ducklings??

      Great lens!

    • TTMall profile image

      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great Lens with great resources!

    • profile image

      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Your adorable wild baby ducks are now featured on my Pets and Animals Poetry lens.

    • tvyps profile image

      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Makes you want to just take some home, huh? Very pretty photos!! Nicely done! Squid Angel blessed!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Cute, cute, cute! Who can resist these precious ducks and ducklings? Not I. :-) Very nicely presented. Thank you!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      When I was maybe 5 years old, my parents brought a dozen mallard ducks home for us to raise on our pond. They eventually grew up and flew away but I just love seeing these little baby duck photos - it brings back fun memories :)

    • profile image

      myamya 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Well done. Squidlikes!

    • profile image

      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Loved the photos.

    • profile image

      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Ducklings are adorable!

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh I just love your baby duck stuff. This lens made my heart warm up throughout my chest, do back flips, and something else that kind of looked like an Irish jig. I love baby ducks they are just oh so cute.

    • artbyrodriguez profile image

      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Wonderful photos. Great topic for a lens.

    • profile image

      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Adorable, thanks for sharing!

    • Sniff It Out profile image

      Sniff It Out 5 years ago

      The baby ducks are so cute, I love the picture of the duck in the hole in the tree :-)

      Blessed!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      The baby ducks are so cute

    • profile image

      anonymous 5 years ago

      So cute! I love baby ducks!

    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 5 years ago

      The baby ducks are cute, and I like how mother knows to keep them together and take care of all of them... Great lens.

    • profile image

      trendydad 5 years ago

      great photos of baby ducks

    • profile image

      marsha32 5 years ago

      They are so adorable! You are so fortunate that you got to take so many wonderful photos and watch them grow up.

    • LynetteBell profile image

      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice pictures

    • peterb6001 profile image

      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      Me and my sons love ducklings. In Mallorca they live in the sea. I was horrified to see seagulls picking them up and dropping them from a height just to get the bread that people were feeding them with :(

    • profile image

      webscribbler 4 years ago

      14 and only 3 or 4 generally survive. Didn't know that. Sad really when you think about it. But, then again if they all survived they would probably just die later of starvation. Never thought about it before but after reading your Lenses, I guess it's plain hard to be a duck.

    • profile image

      Bartukas 4 years ago

      very cute lens and nice photos!

    • Jogalog profile image

      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'm going to show this lens to my daughter. She absolutely loves ducks at the moment.

    • dbitterman profile image

      dbitterman 4 years ago

      Your duck lenses are delightful. Thank you.

    • TheEnglishHouse profile image

      TheEnglishHouse 3 years ago

      I love ducks too, especially ducklings, they are so cute. My daughter is almost 2, she loves watching the duck video you included. Nice lens, thank you!

    • Meganhere profile image

      Meganhere 3 years ago

      I love ducks. Lovely lens. Thanks.

    • profile image

      leparadissecret 3 years ago

      so cute

    • profile image

      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Wow I love the colors and the swirls in the photo First ducklings of 2014! Do you have a Zazzle store? If not click to create one, it's a great source of income.

    • Shorebirdie profile image
      Author

      Shorebirdie 3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      @RinchenChodron: Thanks! I don't have a Zazzle store, but I have a Cafepress store. They used to let me put a wiget on here, but something went wrong with it. I've already have one of the yellow ducklings from 2014 on a few items.

    • RonElFran profile image

      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      These baby duck pics are irresistible! We see geese in our area, but not so many wild ducks.

    • Pawpawwrites profile image

      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I enjoyed this look at baby ducks. I see a few every year, and always enjoy them.

    • Shorebirdie profile image
      Author

      Shorebirdie 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Thanks! I try to photograph all the baby ducks at this lake because they don't always last. At least they're "forever alive" in my photos.

    • profile image

      tony 2 years ago

      we have 11 baby ducks in our pool one of them is just floating around it the other baby ducks don't get near her the mom is around but doesn't come around this baby looks like one of her leg might be hurt what can we do?

    • Shorebirdie profile image
      Author

      Shorebirdie 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Hi. Thanks for commenting. I hope it's not too late for that baby duck. I would try to scoop it out or catch it and take it to the nearest person licensed to handle wildlife. Also, I would put some kind of ramp or objects in the pool to help the baby ducks climb out as they can get very tired and drown.

    • profile image

      Niny Perez 16 months ago

      I Love Ducklings. Recently Bought Two Just A Few Day's Ago. I Wanted Them To Have A Companion So They Wouldn't Feel Lonely While I'm Away. I'm Hoping That They'll Imprint On Me.

    • Shorebirdie profile image
      Author

      Shorebirdie 10 months ago from San Diego, CA

      That's a good idea. Ducks, especially ducklings, hate to be alone. They feel safe when there's another duck nearby.

    Click to Rate This Article