In lieu of the usual photos from readers, I’ll show today some pictures of my wildlife family: the ducks of Botany Pond. Here are photos from the first two years I met Honey and tended her brood: 2017 and 2018.
They may refurbish the pond next year, which would mean a sad season without ducks. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Below: the first time I met Honey, in 2017. She had four ducklings, and I don’t know if had more hatched but died. These four grew up and fledged:
A selfie with Honey:
Later: hardly distinguishable from Mom:
Showing the Lab School students how to feed the ducks:
Honey’s brood in 2018: eight, now being fed regularly. They all fledged.
On the duck ramp; the first year we had one made:
And, with feathers, at the awkward teenage stage:
Almost ready to fly, but still stuck to Mom:
Mom, free at last:
My sweet hen, here doing her soccer ball imitation: