The waterfowl near a local pond will be thoroughly documented in this year of the pandemic. Earlier this week it was geese, and today it is ducks. I saw a couple of mini-dramas playing out as a pair with six ducklings chased off an intruding drake, and 2 or 3 stray ducklings seemed lost. It is not a large pond, so I expect if the parents are trying to find them, they will. If not, nature can be cruel no matter how cute you are.
An interloper is detected by the female.
The interloper gets the upper hand temporarily.
The drake drives off the intruder.
This little one and a couple of others seemed to be having difficulty finding their parents. They were driven off when they came across the pair with six ducklings.