Mallard mom was moving along at a good clip on the eastern shore of Long Lake, fairly close to shore. Her ten teeny ducklings were having a hard time keeping up. Every once in awhile they needed to do that frantic scooting-across-the-water-thing that ducks can do. It’s that move where they create a great commotion and put themselves in overdrive for a short distance. One or two ducklings would start and in short order the rest would join in.

You think mallard mom would slow up because putting on such a clownish display can’t help but draw the attention of those who prey on these little fuzz balls. But this afternoon it was a good day for ducklings. Ducklings, 10. Bald Eagles and snapping turtles,  0.