Monday, April 16, 2007

Unscripted cuteness-

Here are the new additions to Benne's duck family. Normally, she spends weeks incubating eggs.



This little mama did all the work on her own, but trusted Benne enough to move her and her ducklings to a sheltered and protected spot. Mama was one of Benne's charges last spring.


Ducklings must beware of snapping turtles, snakes, and just about everything on God's acre. Apparently, tiny ducklings are the hors d' ouvres of the animal kingdom. Snapping turtles, snakes, skunks, and just about EVERYTHING else on said acre had better stay out of Benne's way, because she IS the Avenging Angel and patron saint of all ducks in the county. And she's handy with a shotgun, too.

Just click on a pic if you want to see them close-up. Thanks, Benne, for this bit of spring!

10 comments:

benne said...

Oh, thank you, Aunt Betsy! We, the four brave little ducklings who were hatched by a real live duck, name you our honorary Mama Duck. :-}

Quacks to you!

Evelyn said...

Oh Bets...thanks you so much for the darling duckie pictures. What great photography. Benne sure is a great Mama to her ducklings.
Evelyn

Gryffinitter said...

Oh, this is beautiful! They remind me of the house elf...

T

SK said...

OH! How sweet.

Lesley said...

Awww! They are just so adorable! I love that they climb on their mom's back and nuzzle in! Truly priceless pics Benne! So glad you posted them, Bets! Thanks! I'm off in a few hours to a breeding aviary with DD to see some baby birds this morning. Hope they are near as cute. Do you think I can persuade her to get a duckling?
Les

Having a Knit Fitt said...

Thanks for posting the pictures. I guess Benne is the Grandma Duck.
Cate

Suzann said...

Thanks for posting the pictures Bets. They are so cute Benne. :-}

jayne said...

Thanks to you both. This really makes my day.

smariek said...

Thanks for sharing these photos, they are so adorable!!!

Emily said...

Thank you for the great b-day gift. So great to see the fuzz up close!