While staying in Sydney last month, I spent a lot of time at the botanical gardens, and, since it was spring, there were ducklings. I watched one family go from sleeping under the tree to swimming in the pond one morning, and I took a lot of pictures.
Mama duck wakes up her ducklings to go to the pond. Some are more eager than others.
She leads them right up to the edge.
She demonstrates proper leaning technique just prior to the leap. They stay well back from the edge.
He landed safely, but the remaining two are not convinced.
Mom swims closer for encouragement, while they look for a better jumping off point.
Mom decides they need another demonstration, so flies up again. Meanwhile, the braver of the two makes the jump.
Mom lands by the reluctant one for one last demonstration.
“Do I have to?”
He approaches the edge.
He leans in just like he was shown.
And he’s off!
And he’s off to join the family.