Friday Haiku: Clear For Takeoff

Bebeh flying friends
Leaving for a day of play
They’ll be back later

From Buzz via Imgur/Reddit.


  1. amazing pic! love the shadow of flying duckling!

  2. yes! that’s the second best part! (after the real flying ducklings, of course!)

  3. dubyah1 says:

    What’s that up in the
    sky? Is it a bird, or is
    It a plane? No?! DUCK!

  4. WoolyBully says:

    With a mighty quack
    Our little splayed flappy feet,
    Greet the morning sun

  5. dubyah1 says:

    A duckling shadow?
    Or the ghost of a hairy
    Frog climbing earthwards?

  6. OMG! Can it get any cuter? Bebbeh ducklings caught on the wing with feet splayed, heading into the wild blue yonder. *hed asplodes, raining glitter*

  7. btw, how can they get ANY lift out of those wing nublets? There are laws of gravity, you know. “Gravity. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law.”

  8. bluebird says:


  9. They;re not actually trying to fly, they’re jumping, which I admit doesn’t make me any less nervous. :cry: There are some duck species, like wood ducks, who nest in trees, or like nesting boxes like in this pic. And they leave the nest before they learn to fly, by jumping, just like here. They will hit the water (after they hit the dirt ;)), and leanr to swing before they learn to fly.
    Here’s some amazing video:

  10. Lots of belly flops and one or two swan dives. Not bad for ducklets.

  11. Thanks for the explanation. I knew there was no way they could fly with those wings but had forgotten the “leaping out of the nest” bit. I’m sure an elevated nest is much safer from predators; still, it’s quite something that the survival of entire species depends on the young being so downy that terminal velocity is too slow to cause injury on landing. Also it helps if the nest is over some nice dead leaves. One of the ducklings in the video came close to landing on a tree root and that would have been less fun.

  12. 260Oakley says:

    There have been an awful lot of raindrops falling from the sky in my neck of the woods, but no ducklings! I obviously need to find an better ‘hood, maybe in Kenducky or North Duckota.

  13. Janet in Cambridge says:

    They are so tiny and so fuzzy and weigh so little that when they land, they kinda bounce. They don’t hurt themselves because they get out while they’re still quite little. Often they land on relatively soft substrate, too, like pine needles and leaves. They’re okay! And that’s a great shot.

  14. Ugh, that should have been “learn to swim.”

  15. It’s cool– I like to think of baby ducklings learning to swing before learning to fly. :)

  16. For that, they go to Miss Laverne’s Dance Studio.

  17. So hard to watch, even though I know they are okay. Also, now they get to swim about the margins and eat tons o’ tasty. Heh, they’ll even meet-up with other moms and with their own behbehs to share watching over all the kids. Duck Parenting….It Takes A Paddling.

  18. “Wing nublets.” New one for the glossary.

  19. dubyah1 says:

    Birdhouse with roof hat
    Is yelling, ‘Git out of there!
    Dang kids nowadays…’

  20. Our short stubby wings
    In no way generate lift
    We fall like a brick

  21. 6rabbits says:

    *applause and whistles*
    Brilliant! :-)

  22. Anneother says:

    We’re only hoping
    There is water down below
    We’re ducks not sparrows

  23. Theresa says:

    I’ve seen the Duckling Dive many times now, but it always makes me nervous. 8O

  24. Who are we kidding?
    Areodyamic? no.
    Breezy on way DOWN.

  25. 260Oakley says:

    One small hop for ducks
    One giant leap for duck-kind
    Splash down Moon River

  26. “You go first!” “No, you!”
    “Let’s both jump at once!” “Okay!”
    “Up, up and away!”*

    * (in unison)

  27. It takes a leap of faith
    To get things going;
    You gotta show some guts

  28. …special guest song by Moose Springsteen?

  29. lol

  30. 6rabbits says:

    You beat me to eet! That’s the first phrase I thought of for MY haiku–“a leap of faith.”

  31. SlaveToCat says:

    Those stubbly wings can’t possibly keep those duckies airborne?
    Tosses out goose down comforter to catch the babies.

  32. They’re not flying, they’re falling – with style!

  33. This candid photo
    of just fledged aerialists:
    Stars of Duck Circus ™

  34. skippymom says:

    thought they were penguins
    and I’m still a bit confused
    are they really ducks?

  35. Jendeyan says:

    Those are definitely ducklings and they are too little to fly. They are jumping out of the nest to join Mama, who is likely down on the ground quacking encouragement to the little guys.

    For those who are worried about the little ducklings non-flight, just remember these ducklings have been jumping out of trees for many generations and if they weren’t doing it successfully then nature wouldn’t have let them stick around. Those two will be just fine.

  36. Small things have higher
    Surface-to-mass ratio, so
    Can fall safe with style.

  37. dubyah1 says:


  38. The timing of this post couldn’t be any more serendipitous… This morning the lady from “Rent-A-Chicken” posted this comment on FB:

    “After playing and snuggling with my baby ducks, my hands feel as soft and smooth as silk. I can foresee a high end beauty treatment wherein women rub ducklings of their faces.” ;)

    Count me in! Ha ha

  39. Those are probably common goldeneye ducklets who leave their nest when they are 2 to 3 DAYS old!

  40. Ayeesha says:

    Chicken McNuggets
    Suspended in the air how?
    Safe landing small dudes!

  41. 6rabbits says:

    1st reaction–SQUEeeeeeeeeee!
    2nd reaction–Those aren’t birds–they’re DUCKS! 8O
    3rd panic reaction–Those cute stubbular wings cannot be flying! Eeeek!!

    Thanks for the explanations, Jendeyan, and for the awesome vid, Theresa! :-)

  42. Heart’s in my stomach…
    Ducklings go boing boing boing!
    Thank goodness for leaves!


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