This box was farther away than the one in the June 24th video, right in front of a large stand of cypress trees. As with the first one, I slowed all of their jumps to 25% of normal speed. I’d thought that the first one had landed on his back, but in slow motion you can see that like a cat, he righted himself before hitting the water just below.
This hen had very distinctive markings around her eyes and on her beak, so when I saw a hen and five young ducklings on August 6th, it was easy to go back to the videos I’d taken of the hens in their boxes and determine that she is the hen that emerged from “box 2” with her 8 hatchlings on June 26th, almost 6 weeks before. A couple of the 6-week old ducklings had some funny feathers on the sides of their heads, and I couldn’t help but wonder if one of them was “Albert Einstein.”
It’s August 17th, and we have a second pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that have just started incubating in box 3, and ANOTHER pair who appear ready to start laying eggs in box 1. This has been a record year for Great Egrets and Wood Storks (around 200 nests), and I think we’ve had at least six, maybe more, clutches of Wood Ducks. That we had 11 Whistling Ducks jump safely, with 2 of the eggs that were left in the box hatched and thriving at the wildlife rehab center is beyond my wildest dreams for our 2014 bird year. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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