For the last couple of years I have been fascinated with photos of dabchicks with babies on board, but haven’t ever seen them. Yesterday I found out why I hadn’t seen them – I just wasn’t looking hard enough.
The first image of a dabchick I shot yesterday I thought was a single bird but on closer inspection during processing it was indeed three birds! It was the keen eye of a fellow photographer that got me focusing more on the dabchick family and their antics.
The light was awful and unfortunately that reflects in all of these images but I just don’t care! I have dabchicks with babies on board! Actually we found them at two locations yesterday but this post is all from the first stop.
The babies were smaller and more vulnerable in the highly populated lagoon. The ducks were intent on drowning the chicks and I found it a little disturbing to watch.
After a big fright the chicks headed straight for the safety of mum’s back and stayed there for a good long time. I was hoping to get a shot of the two little heads popping up but alas it was legs and feet that there were an abundance of.