Yesterday I opened the duck house pop door for the first time, and while Bert joined them, the new ducks didn’t venture into the pond. But today was different; they had their first swims in the pond!
Here they are in their house, after I opened the pop door:
As mentioned in the video I posted on YouTube earlier today, since they weren’t showing any sign of wanting to go out, I basically nudged them out the door. I can understand their hesitation, but sometimes a bit more encouragement is needed.
The three female ducks went out first.
(Fun fact digression: female ducks are called “hens” or just “ducks”, while males are called “drakes”, but I don’t bother with that, since that might cause confusion with the chicken hens.)
Bert showed them around — “here is where you can get treats and steal fish food when the human does afternoon rounds”:
Then I encouraged the boys out, and they joined the girls in a corner of the pond:
Sven flapping his wings:
Flapping, dunking, and splashing in the shallow end of the pond:
Backlit and sunbeams from the other side of the pond:
A while later, they returned to their run for a rest:
Nap time; all that swimming was hard work!
(That’s Bert in the pool.)