Friday, 1 May 2015

Jemima and her Puddle Ducklings.


Yesterday something exciting happened. Well in my eyes at least. I've photographed signets (baby Swans) before and have longed to see ducklings in person and then this morning on the walk home from work, I was surprised with this sight crossing the road around the corner from my house!
I literally ran the 300ft (100 yards) to my house, grabbed my camera and ran back to the scene of the cuteness to snap away.

Thankfully for the ducks a very nice man escorted the along the road to shield them from passing cars, and left them to it after they eventually all managed to climb up the curb. The photo above is the mother and siblings waiting on the few stragglers to get up onto the path, bless them I wish I could of helped but the managed in the end.






As they waddled away along the path and across the grass, I was worried that she was leading the 12 under a week old ducklings off a very steep drop into the river in which the tide was out!
Mother knows best of course and they all took the dive in their stride, the male (I assume Father) meeting the family just a meter or two away.
They then had a walk toward the water, both parents took it in turns to be vocal about their feelings toward a nearby crow and then had a bit of a swim, sticking their bottoms up occasionally while getting their breakfast.
I carried on watching their morning activities for a good 25 minutes until I realized my fingers were completely numb, so reluctantly said my goodbyes and headed home.

You've no idea how thrilled I am to of been able to witness such fabulous acts of nature, literally on my doorstep. I hope you enjoyed these few photos!






46 comments:

  1. Aw Danielle these pictures are so cute,how lucky are we to have so many different birds live beside us MOST people would not even be bothered but not you :) well done

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    1. I'm glad that man was bothered enough to help them too :)

      xo

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  2. They are SO cute. I'm excited for the nest by my work to hatch so I can see ducklings every day (hopefully!). Their colours are adorable! xx

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    1. Me too! You'll have to keep your camera at the ready :D

      xo

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  3. OMG how beautiful! I love the second photo of the babies following Mum. You got some gorgeous shots xx

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    1. Aren't they just magnificent? She was a very good Mam too quacking and rounding them up. Thank you :

      xo

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  4. Oh my gosh! WOW! You've captured them for perfectly, such amazing photography! I absolutely love ducks, so I've enjoyed these photos haha. So nice of that man to help escort them to safety too :)

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much. They could of been a lot better as my camera is broken. Me too, there are loads that live at a certain area around the corner from mine :) Yes! Very nice of him indeed. I'm glad you like the photos - thanks for commenting.

      xo

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  5. aww how cute are they!?! Ducks are actually quite beautiful! & your photos are amazing! What kind of camera do you shoot with?

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. SO CUTE! haha I've always loved ducks but seeing them with their young makes me love them even more.
      It's a Nikon D5000 but it's actually broken so the photos would of been better if I had my new camera... :P

      xo

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  6. These pictures are absolutely stunning as per usual, what an amazing experience that must have been! I think it's too easy to forget that we don't see as many animals around us as we would like so when one comes along it seems a lot more exciting. I absolutely adore ducks, and wish I could pick those little babies up and hug them all. xo

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    1. Oh you, they aren't that good. haha It was completely amazing - Im still so excited that it happened. I feel very privileged and wish more people appreciated the fantastic wildlife we have in this country.
      Oh don't I wanted nothing more than to scoop them up lol!! Especially when they couldn't get up onto the path, I wanted to help them so badly!

      xo

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  7. Absolutely beautiful photographs, Danielle. I'd love to see this in real life :)

    Christina x
    Christina Campbell Hughes

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    1. Thank you very much lovely! It was a very special moment indeed.

      xo

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  8. This is so so amazing! So jealous! But I couldn't have done the photos justice like you have! Yay!! Xx

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    1. Aw thank you Jem. I'm sure your photos would of been excellent.

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  9. Oh my gosh, they're so cute!!! I'm swooning over photos 4 through 6. Beautiful :)

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    1. Absolutely perfect little beings aren't they? Thank you!

      xo

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  10. Awww, can't get over what a cute family they are :D xxx

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    1. Me either!! The Mam and Dad were so brilliant.

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  11. Oooh how lovely! You're so lucky to have captured such a special moment, Danielle! Brilliant photos as per usual xxx

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    1. I am still completely over the moon, a very special moment indeed. Thank you Hannah!

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  12. This is such an adorable post, Danielle, I am grinning from ear to ear looking at these! What a wonderful thing to witness and you got some amazing photos too, as always. Lovely post! - Tasha

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    1. I thought of you when I saw them. :) I hoped you'd enjoy these photos. It really was the most magnificent thing to see, nature at its finest! Thanks so much.

      xo

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  13. This is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! Xxx

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    1. It was a bit of a cuteness overload moment I must say ;)

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  14. I'm so silly at commenting, I'm not sure if my last one posted!
    But... Thank you for sharing this lovely moment!
    Well done for grabbing your camera, it was totally worth it as you captured some beautiful shots - mumma duckling would be proud <3 xxx

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    1. It mustn't have :/ but I would blame Blogger as I know I've had that problem before.
      Thank you very much - I'm glad you enjoyed them!!

      xo

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  15. Oh Danielle they are so adorable! You lucky thing being able to see them. Gorgeous photos (as per obviously!)

    xo

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    1. Oh I know, aren't they just perfect?!!! I am obsessed - didnt want to leave them and haven't seen them since but so thankfully I got this opportunity.
      Thank you!!!

      xo

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  16. OMG what an amazing opportunity =] I love ducks!

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Completely. I am forever thankful. Me too! Such underrated animals.

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  17. These photos came out so great!! I'm surprised the ducklings didn't run away whilst you were taking the photos. you must be the bird whisperer!

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    1. Thank you!! They would of been better on my new camera but better than nothing ;)
      Nah, I had my long lens on so was able to keep my distance and their Mam was good at keeping them all together.
      That and I am the bird whisperer haha (I wish!)

      xo

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  18. Sooo cute!
    Your photography is amazing and beautiful! haha mother knows best indeed!
    Jade x

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    1. Aren't they lovely?!
      Thank you so much.

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  19. Aw! I always remember going to feed the ducks as child and these pictures have brought back so many happy memories x

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    1. A popular past time for many children here too. I just wish they would stop feeding them bread! haha

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  20. I love your photography, I honestly think you could go far with it! I love seeing ducklings! I saw some in a country park a week or so ago and they were so sweet! Abi :)
    http://www. myw0rldmyview.co.uk

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    1. Thank you very much! I did used to be a freelance photographer but my anxiety got too bad to deal with weddings and children etc. Though...keep an eye out as I have a new little venture being announced soon...!
      Aw did you?! How fab. They really are just perfect.

      xo

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  21. Ahhh, I'm so happy you managed to get photographs of this after reading your last post! What a wonderful moment to be lucky enough to capture on camera. Those ducklings are the most adorable wee things.

    x

    p.s. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but your nature photography really is something else.

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    1. Eeeeekkk!! I know eh?! It was just magical getting to spend time with them. SO happy still haha.

      You are far too kind! Thank you. Though I hope it will be a lot better once my new camera arrives!

      xo

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  22. This is genuinely one of my favourite posts I've ever read. What a wonderful experience! You're so lucky. Even more so because you were able to get your camera and snap these amazing photos. I'm VERY jealous!

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    1. Awwww that makes me so happy to hear!! haha It so was. One of the best moments of my life. Completely made up about it!

      xo

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