Well, the gang’s all here. This is the line for breakfast yesterday, with Honey, as usual, bringing up the rear. Comparing her photo to pictures from last year, she looks considerably slimmer this year and I need to feed her up. It’s hard, though, as she lets the ducklings eat first and then they all swim off to for bathtime. When they finally migrate away and she’s alone, I’m going to give her tons of good food.
Yep, the ducklings are very large now, and their wings are getting bigger (see pictures below):
Anna took a nice video of yesterday’s bathtime. Lots of ducking, preening, and splashing in the tub. At one point all of them manage to get into the small circular tub. Notice the “duckling race” at 46 seconds in, when one duck, and then the others, take off swimming as fast as they can. I have no idea why they do this!
Here are pictures from yesterday’s noon bathtime:
They do enjoy their splashing:
And. . . ladies and gentlemen, our first view of the speculum (blue/violet wing band) on a duckling!
Today’s bathtime, with more wing flapping:
Still more wing flapping. Soon they’ll be flying.
Their wings aren’t full-sized yet, but they’re getting there:
And my perennial girlfriend (with turtles):