Harry and Mildred are nervous wrecks right now. They are SO protective of their little family. The minute I came to take their picture, Mildred swam with her babies to some protective grass.
You can hardly see those babies until you're right next to them. They are hidden VERY well.
Here they are having their swimming lesson for the morning. Mom's teaching them to follow the leader.
Could you imagine having 9 newborns to care for? It's hard enough to take care of one at a time. Mildred is an incredible mom! My husband thinks they had a large crop of ducklings because of Mildred's superior prenatal nutrition from eating at our bird feeder four or five times a day. Either way, I feel proud as a peacock about the whole thing!
Congratulations, Harry and Mildred!