It's spring in the great broad leaved forests of Eastern Europe and Asiatic Russia.
The mandarin ducks are courting.
The female mandarin nests in a tree hole,
and when it's time for everyone to leave she leads the way.
The ducklings are only twenty four hours old.
It's a long drop, and a few calls of encouragement are required.
Two down seven to go. There are still two missing.
All present and correct. But they won't be safe until they reach water,
and the forest pool is almost a mile away.