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Duck parents and duckling

Wood duck (Maned Duck, Mained Goose): they mate for life. Breeding occurs in spring and its onset is said to depend on rain. Ducklings are led to water on emergency. When disturbed, the the mother flaps her wings and heads off in the opposite direction to distract the perceived threat. If they are not near water, they will assume a ‘freeze’ position to ‘hide’. The ducklings bob around on the water, keeping safe and awaiting the return of the parent. They all graze grasses in surrounding areas and seek available insects. Both parents watch over their young.


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