We spent the morning with some friends in Washago. An absolutely beautiful place to go. They took us for a lovely boat ride up the river. Driving by this nest box there was a female sitting on top. We noticed another female in the box looking agitated with this one. But nothing else noted at the time. Pretty quiet.
Coming back down the river. This is what we saw. Actually we heard this wee one first. And thought ,looks like this box has hatched and is fledging. Only thing is the babe here is being treated badly by this female. Who clearly wanted nothing to do with it. But it cried and cried and kept on at this female like it was it's mom. The female could not shake it at all. We were getting concerned. But the duckling kept on. Even when she tried to fly away this little one chased her. Boy could it move. Amazing for a duckling only hours old. The female pocked at it,pulled at it. put it's head between the bill and everything it could to try to get rid of it. The following series of photographs shows the story. Which, thankfully has a happy ending.
Putting the wee ones head in her mouth trying to get rid of it. Clearly not wanting it around.