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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Merganser with twelve chicks on her back

directly out front of our cottage on Lake Erie, we saw a merganser duck swimming with 12 baby ducklings on her back. The 12th duckling often fell off her back and paddled furiously and then jumped back on. It was a wonderful sight. We followed this family for several days, now there are 13 babies.

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Date Taken: 05.2018
Date Uploaded: 06.2018
Photo Location: Angola , New York, United States of America
Copyright: © George Harvey