Apley Plunge Pool

Sadly, I think that Mr Mallard (dad) is responsible for the missing ducklings. I witnessed him swimming up suddenly out of the blue snapping with beak open wide at the remaining ducklings as they were sleeping. The ducklings immediately got in the water swimming out of harms way.

And then there were three

And then there were three

And then there were three

Apley Duck Pond


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8 Comments CherryPie on May 4th 2022

8 Responses to “And Then There Were Three”

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    It’s not necessarily good to have a “dad”.

  2. Ginnie Hart says:

    Oh, NO! I thought the dads were supposed to be protective of the mama and her nest…or does he stop protecting them after they’re born, because there’re too many mouths to feed?? (sigh)

    • CherryPie says:

      Male Mallards are surplus to requirement after the chicks are born. Some of them kill the chicks so that they can mate with the female again. She won’t mate if she is looking after a brood of chicks.

  3. lisl says:

    That is a sad story, Cherie. It reminds me of seeing a female mallard who was shepherding her ducklings, being wooed away by a male mallard and leaving them to fend for themselves

  4. Hels says:

    I hope the three ducklings stick together… for company and eventually for mutual protection.

    • CherryPie says:

      Hopefully the last three will make it. I am glad I wasn’t around to see exactly what happened to the other little ones.