At first they snuggle up close to their mum for comfort. Gradually they gain confidence and spread out to explore. I managed to snap a few quick shots before the mother duck shooed her fluffy new family across the pond and into the reeds.
This duck knows us very well. We feed her all year round and yet she is still wary of us when her ducklings first hatch. We have seen the most vigilant ducks keep their ducklings close to them and hide whenever they think it is necessary. Hopefully this strategy will keep all nine of these ducklings safe from hungry herons and foxes.