Posted by Teri Franzen on June 28, 2015 at 11:41 am
“Red Raspberry, my favorite!” A Mama Wood Duck looks on as her three-week-old duckling nibbles at a Red Raspberry slime mold. As soon as they are born, Wood Ducks start feeding by pecking at moving objects that catch their eye: small objects floating in the water, insects, etc. So I can only guess that the vivid color of this fungus was what captured this duckling’s attention. The primary function of the Mother is to brood her young, keeping them safe and warm until they grow and mature enough to care for themselves. Photographed from a blind at Brick Pond Wetland Preserve in Owego, NY. June 14, 2015. Canon 7D Mk II using a 500mm IS II lens and 1.4x teleconverter on a tripod.