Ducklings for breakfast?

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As I approached Battery Point in the twilight before dawn I saw the outline of a fox skulking away.  He was on the brow of the hill with an alarmed blackbird announcing his presence from a nearby bench.

The fox paused then disappeared into the tangle of the wind swept hedgerow on the cliff edge.

I continued down to the lighthouse where I spotted a hen mallard on the rocks below.  She sat motionless among the seaweed clad rocks. I thought she was alone until two ducklings scrambled out from beneath her.

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I wonder, had she escaped the attention of the fox or had she begun this morning with a larger brood? Who knows but for now she and her two offspring were safe.

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Ducklings naturally take cover under their mum’s protective wings. She can safeguard several chicks that way,  it must be cosy under there!

 

 

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