Cute Baby Ducklings

by Kristi Hines · Arizona, Tempe


This weekend, I managed to photograph some really cute chicks. Baby ducklings, that is.

Baby Ducklings on the Water

Before they made it to the lake, the ducklings had to make it past their first obstacle – a menacingly high curb. This I felt was best suited for video.

After they found an easier way to get to the lake, they made it to the other side and huddled up under their mother for warmth, as it was a particularly chilly and rainy day.

Cute Baby Duckling Chicks

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3


No related posts.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Beal

The video is beyond priceless! I was rooting for those last 2, the mom was super cool to backtrack :) – Pictures are great too. Mallards are common ducks and are often overlooked but are beautiful birds… I love the blue patch in their wings.

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Steve! There was quite an audience for them after a bit, and we were all rooting for the last two. I was wondering how the mother was going to handle it – it was nice seeing them all come back over so none were left behind!

Reply

A.Barlow

Great shots! I like how they are all huddled under the their mother. Cute.
A.Barlow recently posted..Tree of Fire

Reply

Kristi Hines

I don’t think I have ever seen them all huddled up like that. It was unusually cold and rainy that morning though, so it made sense that they wanted to hide for a bit!

Reply

Outography

The are so cute! You don’t see this happening often. They are awesome photos and video. I like the new DSLR that can also take HD video.

I was practicing golf at local golf course and suddenly ducks came out of now where. The ducks on the Golf course.
Outography recently posted..Snowing Flagstaff

Reply

Kristi Hines

I’ve seen my fair share of ducklings, but never had my camera ready for them. My Nikon D3000 doesn’t have video built in – I used a Kodak Playsport for this – it records 720p at 60fps or 1080p with pretty good clarity during the day or when there’s good lighting.

Reply

Chris DeAngelis

Cute!
Chris DeAngelis recently posted..Peeking Through

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Chris! :)

Reply

Jason Hines

Nice post sweetie. I love the mist on the second one, it really brings the ducks to life in the foreground :) .
Jason Hines recently posted..Saguaro Sunrise

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks! :) I know that one’s your favorite. I quite liked the mist too!

Reply

Jean

Kristi, Beautiful captures and very heartwarming video…just in time for Easter.:-D) Where were these taken?
Jean recently posted..Eastern Bluebirds Start a Family!

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Jean! Oddly enough, it was at the Phoenix Zoo. Nothing like going to see a variety of wildlife and finding the ones just randomly wandering through the area as the most interesting.

Reply

Steve

Cool pics and video – the second photo really is excellent.
Steve recently posted..Edward Weston Images – and some words

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Steve!

Reply

Mike B.

Great catch! Mom looks like a nice warm blanket.
Mike B. recently posted..Bald Eagle Flies Into View

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Mike. I had never seen ducklings huddle under the mother before, so that was an interesting discovery.

Reply

andrew fulton

Beautiful images.
andrew fulton recently posted..Nest Box for my garden

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks Andrew! :)

Reply

Sondra

AWWW how cute the vidoe is so sweet…I was cheer leading them on to make that curb..and then she came back over lol what a challenge for these little ones!
Awesome documentary!

Reply

Kristi Hines

All of the spectators were rooting for them, quietly at least as not to scare them away. It warmed my heart to see them all come back over just for the one that couldn’t make it! :)

Reply

Eileen

Great post and the ducklings are so cute.
Eileen recently posted..Little Blue Heron

Reply

springman

That was totally endearing! The little drama you caught in a couple of minutes is an awesome moral tale. The happy ending left me cheering with everyone else. Bravo on a brilliant post!

Reply

Mick

Great photos and video. Very cute ducklings and they certainly have to be determined to get over the obstacles.
Mick recently posted..Ducks

Reply

Kristi Hines

Yes they are Mick. Quite inspirational really!

Reply

holdingmoments

What a lovely post Kristi.
The video left me cheering for the last one, and when they all came back, perfect. A great natural moment of nature you captured.
holdingmoments recently posted..A random selection

Reply

Kristi Hines

Yes it was. Great reason to carry a recorder and camera everywhere you go!

Reply

Frank

Great post and a priceless piece of video footage Kristi. You have to admire the tenacity of these little bundles of fluff.
Frank recently posted..Chaffinch Challenge

Reply

Kristi Hines

Yes, they have a very strong, supportive family system working there!

Reply

Pat

Baby ducks don’t have it easy, do they? Lovely shots of the Mallard family and the video is terrific!
Pat recently posted..The Sun

Reply

Kristi Hines

Apparently not, but at least they have caring family. :)

Reply

Erin Duke

So unbelievably cute!!! Thank you for sharing this, I was pulling for those last two! :)
Erin Duke recently posted..Portrait of a Daisy

Reply

Kristi Hines

Me too Erin, plus everyone that had gathered nearby.

Reply

John Coulter

Wow Kristi! Exceptional framing of the ducks. Perfect focus. I also like how the picture makes you want to “look to the right” to see what they are looking at.
John Coulter recently posted..The Washington Monument

Reply

Kristi Hines

Thanks John. I think they were hoping warmth was coming from that direction. :)

Reply

Maureen

“Family means nobody gets left behind”…I love it!!! This video is priceless…one of the best videos I’ve ever watched!! I can’t wait to show it to my kids!! Thank you for sharing it!

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv Enabled

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: