Wildlife photographer Brent Cizek loves the beauty of animals so much that we bought a boat just so he could get closer and capture them in their natural environments with his lens.
“Well, it wasn’t the greatest idea as it was quite windy that day and the waves were tossing my boat around in any direction that it wanted to,” Cizek said.
“I decided to carry on, knowing that it wasn’t likely that I would see anything, much less be able to take a photograph with the choppy water.”
But, then his day changed when he saw a species of duck called the Common Merganser that turned out to be a mother with her ducklings trailing behind her.
“The closer that I got, the more my heart started racing as I had never witnessed something like this before,” he said.
“I knew that this was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity, so I immediately tried to fire off as many shots as I could, just hoping that one of the photos would turn out.”
“I was able to then count 76 babies with her,” he said. “So she had picked up more babies along the way. It’s been remarkable. It’s going to be a sad day when they continue their migration.”
Scientists noticed that with Common Mergansers, not all of the ducklings are related to the mother duck. It’s more like an day-care system. Can you imagine having a to watch 76 kids?