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Yesterday was a perfect day for a meander through the woods.  We came across this mother and three young ducks cleaning themselves in front of a pond covered in bright green pond weed.  The weed grows on the top of the water and is so thick frogs were hopping across the surface without breaking through.

Even though it wasn’t raining it was obviously lovely weather for ducks.

Ok, just sit there and make yourselves respectable, we're going on the internet.

Ok, just sit there and make yourselves respectable, we’re going on the internet.

Time for the family cleanup.  Looks like the pond is duck-soup

Time for the family cleanup. Looks like the pond is duck-soup

Juvenile Mallard M'Lord

Juvenile Mallard M’Lord

The mother allowed me to approach very close and to shoot with the camera close to the ground

The mother allowed me to approach very close and to shoot with the camera close to the ground.  I like the tilt-able viewing screen on the Sony HX200

This duck was playing ball

This duck was playing ball

This is my best side

This is my best side (and my favourite close up)

It's so peaceful here, I'll just close my eyes for a while.

It’s so peaceful here, I’ll just close my eyes for a while.

Mum was ever watchful

Mum was ever watchful

Isn't this family just ducky

Isn’t this family just ducky

All in all a wonderful encounter of the up close and personal kind.  Thanks for not billing me.

Tomorrow Rod get’s a Hummer

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