The family that I most look forward to seeing is Mother Merganser and her young. She nests somewhere upriver from our home and leads her brood up and down the river, alerting them to danger and teaching them how to feed themselves.
A couple of days ago, I was reading on the lower lawn when I saw Mother Merganser. I went inside for my camera and was delighted to find her still nearby and with her young.
It appeared that she was trying to lead them upriver, but there were snags and rapids blocking the way, and my presence made her nervous ...
|Looking for a way upstream|
|Waiting for Mom|
|Perhaps a walk around?|
|Mom takes a short-cut ...|
|... while the kids follow the shallow current|
|Mom rides the rapids ...|
|... and the kids join her.|