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Mallard ducklings

Anas platyrhynchos


Within two weeks these mallard ducklings tripled in size! After the initial loss of one there are still six of them. First spotting and more info can be found at


A large pond with reeds and dense vegetation, alt. 1300m. The pond is very deep and more than 5000 years old. It is protected and registered in the Swiss national inventory of amphibians reproduction sites. Several rare and endangered vegetal and animal species live in this protected area.


See the mother dabbling in the last shot.

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DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Despina! I am happy to say that all these little guys made it to adult size and eventually flew away. Mallards are common here but don't often nest that high at altitude. It's a pleasure to see a female come to nest there every year.

Beautiful little babies!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Willie and Ismael!

williefromwi 6 years ago


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

So cute :)

joanbstanley 6 years ago

Nice series.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Maria and Satyen! I am hoping to take a walk there later today to check the family again.

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Awesome pics. Loved the first one.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

wonderful portraits!

Châtel-Saint-Denis, Fribourg - Freiburg, Switzerland

Lat: 46.51, Long: 6.95

Spotted on Jun 9, 2012
Submitted on Jun 20, 2012


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