Nature can be unforgiving. This little duckling became seperated from its family and this is what happens when little ones are left unprotected. I actually spotted this little guy flailing on his back as he appeared to have gotten stuck on some algae on the ledge in the photo, so I picked him up and held him while I tried to find his family. No ducks in sight so I let him go and knew his chances were slim. Had no idea on my return trip to this spot 15 minutes later I would find him as lunch for a yellow-crowned night heron. Sad, but herons have to eat too.