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On May 7th, Aimee noticed a
duck in our front garden building a nest and laying eggs. We initially counted 7
then later 9 eggs in
the nest but did not notice her sitting on them. We thought we scared her off
and she abandoned them. We learned that ducks don't sit on the nest until
all the eggs are laid thereby starting the incubation period for all the eggs at
the same time. Another example of the genius of Nature.
The gestation period for eggs is about 28 days so if they last that long, we
expect to see baby ducks a bit after Memorial Day.
I mounted an inexpensive indoor/outdoor camera with infrared LED's about 5 feet away from the nest. This means that you'll be able to see the nest at night, although the night image will have that eerie black and white look. Enjoy.
|The Nest||Duck Cam|
|Location of Nest||Looking from back of camera towards nest|
The video on the left shows the duck coming home to nest in happier days. The video on the right shows the duck eggs meeting their demise. Early in the morning of May 25th, the eggs were eaten for breakfast by our local fox. The first scene shows the duck hearing something then making a mad exit, hitting the camera and knocking it out of frame as it flew away. Since the camera is tilted down, the fox is not center frame except for the very last scene where the fox sniffs around the camera before leaving. The fox is seen entering from the upper right, then repeatedly coming back for each of the 10 eggs. This sequence took about 25 minutes as the fox ate each egg, one at a time. This sequence is edited down to less than 3 minutes. Awe, the wonder of nature. Life goes on.
The duck cam is now the Driveway Cam, focused on my driveway at my home.
Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
Can you imagine a world without hypothetical questions?