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01-JUN-2012 Hank v/d Velde

20120601 202 SERIES - Hooded Mergansers.jpg

Andrew Haydon Park

Three images of the young Hoodies at two-to-three days old. The young ducklings after swimming around and foraging for food would often climb on a rock for a rest. They generally formed a small "HUDDLE", perhaps to stay warm or to discourage predators. I suspect it was to stay warm as every once-in-awhile one of the outer ducklings would jump on top of the pile to get to the centre, but then, maybe that's the safest place to be.

Top image: "Hey guys, you are pushing me off. Let me back up!"

"And back up he goes, but from the other side."

"Move over guys. I'm coming in."

Nikon D300S ,Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S II
1/640s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso500 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Patricia Kay06-Mar-2013 20:39
This is just too cute for it Hank...
Hennie & Lies Lammers22-Jun-2012 04:54
Beautiful picture Hank!
Claude Gagnon14-Jun-2012 11:38
Very lovely and amusing scene :))
Dave Hawkins13-Jun-2012 16:24
Cute and funny collection!
Marco Valk13-Jun-2012 14:54
A pile of ducklings. Very adorable!
Larry Umthun12-Jun-2012 22:19
Excellent set of shots Hank!
Art Wittingen12-Jun-2012 19:44
This is great, very well done !!
Colin Storey12-Jun-2012 18:38
Great set of detailed and very interesting images.
Simon Chandler12-Jun-2012 16:54
Too cute. Beautiful images. Excellent capture. v
Lieve Snellings12-Jun-2012 16:12
O U T S T A N D I N G !!!
Lise De Serres12-Jun-2012 15:25
Such a magic scene!
Beautiful serie Hank!!
jychamberland12-Jun-2012 13:50
another beautiful serie Hank!
Len12-Jun-2012 13:47
Another well taken series of these young birds!!!!
Fong Lam12-Jun-2012 10:26
Sweet images of these cute little ones, Hank...excellent capture! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal12-Jun-2012 09:40
Prachtig mooi Hank hoe deze groep er op staat!!
Manas Khan12-Jun-2012 09:08
Amazing in every sense. Very well done. V
Peter Stahl12-Jun-2012 05:32
So Sweet!! A terrific capture Hank! :-))
Yiannis Pavlis12-Jun-2012 03:28
A wonderful series of beautiful captures Hank..V
larose forest photos12-Jun-2012 02:52
Soooo adorable. These photos make me want to look at them over and over. Great work.
Margot W12-Jun-2012 02:19
These pictures are adorable and so well done.
Thanks Hank.
De'Carr Studio12-Jun-2012 02:10
These are GREAT, Hank!
Janet Forjan-Freedman12-Jun-2012 01:45
Incredibly sweet captures!
Marcia Colelli12-Jun-2012 01:39
Another Beautiful and wonderful series. So cute V
Yi Feng12-Jun-2012 01:37
Fantastic shots Hank! Such adorable!
waterfalls man12-Jun-2012 01:23
BeautifulCapture V!!
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