I was so lucky
that I went out in the garden this morning
with my cup of coffee.
(when the sun is out, I like to sit on the little steps
near the water that runs along our garden)
I also wanted to check
on the duck nest in our garden.
I did so many times before
and often saw the four eggs, almost hidden under down,
when mom was away to stretch her wings and feet ...
By this morning
I was assuming that the eggs must be infertile
because she was on the nest for such a long time
(but I should have looked it up :
28 days is normal, I know now !)
So when I looked ...
there they were !
They must have jumped from the garden just then
(the water is 70 cm deeper !)
I rushed for my camera
and took pictures
while they crossed the little stream
to the more shallow part of the water
(I moved the big Phlomis russiliana leaves aside)
... and then they were gone.
They had a good start,
hope they have a happy life
(and will not be snacks for heron or pike)
And next to the duckboards
the water lily is starting to bloom
Mmmmmm ... love my garden !