It’s hard to believe that these very same tree islands were bustling with noisy (and sometimes smelly 😏) nesting wood storks, herons, and egrets of all shapes and sizes just two months ago. Almost everyone has moved on. This morning the boardwalks were empty and quiet and the ponds were utterly still. What a tranquil time to take a walk and admire the lovely Fireflag 👆and Duck Potato 👇 blossoms~! Very few birds and very few people were out and about just after sunrise today – unlike the crowds we see during our winter ‘season’. But, lucky for me, this mama Black-bellied Whistling Duck headed out for a little swim with her ducklings just as I was passing by. Affectionately known as ‘bumble-bee ducklings’ (for obvious reasons), these little fellows are highly vulnerable in their first weeks. These two are the only surviving babies of the original 12 who hatched about two weeks ago.