I so love ducks 🦆 🦆’s. So this story stole my heart. Mama Duck made sure not to put all of her eggs in one basket so to speak. Smart Lady!!!
A nature photographer noticed a Mama Duck with many, many, many babies following her. Read below for more on the story.
I ❤️ 🦆,🦆,🦆, 🦆 ‘s!!!!!!!
Photographer Brent Cizek said he “couldn’t have asked for a better photo opportunity” than a lone mama duck on a Minnesota lake with more than 70 ducklings trailing behind her.
Cizek said “It’s hard not to look at her and say OK, you know this is pretty unbelievable. Multiple people are saying, you know, ‘Mom of the year.'”
6 minute interview with Cizek about the day he noticed the 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆’s
Here is why Mama Duck 🦆 has (at last count—76 babies) 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆
Information below from National Audubon Society
“While 50 is definitely on the high end, such big brood counts are actually pretty common, says Kenn Kaufman, field editor for Audubon. This is at least partly because ducks often lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks. In fact, Kaufman says a female duck will have a nest of her own and also make her way over to another nest or two to drop off a few eggs”.
“Most of the time ducks will lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks of the same species, but occasionally they are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other duck species. Redheads will even lay their eggs in bittern nests, says Kaufman. “
“Scientists aren’t sure exactly why ducks do this, but it could effectively serve as a reproductive insurance policy. If a raccoon invades a merganser nest and destroys all the eggs, the female still has more offspring being safely incubated in other nests. “One possibility would be, in a sense, not putting all their eggs in one basket,” Kaufman says. “
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