Mallard Duckling, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by Barbara Levy

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One early morning in mid-May last year, I decided to head down to one of my favourite birdwatching patches in Vancouver — Jericho Beach Park — around 6:30 am, as I was hoping to catch one of the beavers around his lodge. I didn’t see my beaver, but I had a wonderful time photographing one of the park’s friendliest Eastern grey squirrels, my Great Blue heron buddy, the Northern flicker mates and one of the large Canada Goose families. After a few hours, I decided to see if any of the ducks or geese were bathing in the pond nearest the entrance to the park and I came upon the sweetest scene. There was a little boy captivated by the antics of the mallard duckling you see in my photo. This daring duckling had somehow been separated from his family (I had seen him paddling all around the pond a few days before) and now, he was foraging without a care among giant crows and drakes, and would even chase away a feisty crow now and then, snapping at the intruder with his baby bill. He did give me a little “smile”, though, as he came out of the water and what a remarkably delightful Spring vision it was!

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