It happened right in front of my eyes, the mother wood duck had just jumped down out of a very high cypress tree. I was standing about forty feet from where she landed with my camera on tripod. To my amazement she started waddling back towards me. I had never seen a wood duck that did not keep its distance from humans. Just as the mother wood duck was returning to the tree she had just flown down from, I started to hear thumping noises one after the other and again to my surprise it was her babies jumping down out of the nest for the first time. The sound was their littlie bodies hitting the ground. I was a concerned that they were all dead but my worries faded away when I saw them running towards their mother. I was of course clicking my shutter as all this was unfolding in front of me. I took my eye away from the viewfinder to just watch the little ducklings when out of nowhere this barred owl swooped down and snatched one of the little ducklings. This image shows the ducknapper and what is no doubt a dead duckling he will have for his noon meal; yes I also captured that as well. Stay tuned for more images of this tear jerking moment.
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