18.01.2012 Limpie recovers

A jumping champion and two or three daredevils

Every girl's dream: being surrounded by four nice males. Sure, these ducklings are only siblings.

But they are really nice to each other. At least most the time.


The news could not be better: Limpie has recovered and is walking much better than four days ago.

The limping has not disappeared completely but nearly.

And no-one is missing. There are still eleven ducklings.

I test how brave the paradise ducks are (usually they keep a bigger distance than mallards and

grey ducks) and put food on my hand. The mother duck and two or three ducklings come and take

the bread pieces from my hand, the others prefer to have it served indirectly. They all come very

close to me but would just not dare to feed from the hand.

One male duckling demonstrates the funniest behaviour. Every time I throw bread pieces to the

ground, all but this duckling run to get it. He must just have come back from a flying exercise.

He spreads his wings and jumps into the air and then into the middle of the flock. When he lands the

food is gone, of course. But sure, Jumpy is impressive.

Smallie (in the background), still patchy, and a female.

Brother and sister swimming.

Chatty young duck ladies.

Some curious ducklings really love to be photographed.

A male beauty.

The difference in size between males and females is not huge yet.

The flock stays together but behaviour is getting more and more individual.

Aerial shot of mother duck and some of her offspring waddling in circles.

Mum and her eleven ducklings swimming after feeding.