I saw these older ducklings for the first time for a few days in late December 2015. On the first day I saw a group of five ducklings. The second time I saw them the group of five was with another group which appeared to be slightly younger (tail feathers were shorter). It appears all of them still had yet to grow their flight feathers. In late January 2016 I saw seven which appeared to be some from both groups. They appeared to have full flight feathers by then although I didn't see them airborne.
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Here's all 13 of the young ones traveling together. There is safety in numbers when one has yet to grow the feathers allowing escape by flight.
[The ducks are all in the water swimming from the lower left toward the right and upper parts of the image. While most of the backs of the ducks are dark, there are two ducks with speckled white and black backs. There is also a variation in how much white there is on the heads and necks of the ducks. While all the ducks have noticeable tail feathers, there is a lack of bulk in the body where the flight feathers would be.]

The duckling facing the right is one from the grouping of five I originally saw. Notice how much longer its tail feathers are compared to the duckling facing to the left.
[Both ducklings are in the water. The one facing right has a white and black speckled neck and a mostly black head with a white stripe going from the eye to the back of the head. Its tail feathers are several inches long. The duckling facing the left has tail father which are not even an inch long. Its neck is more a solid white while its head has much more white intermingled with the dark feathers than the other bird has.]

The rest of the images on this page show the different color variations of the ducklings.
[Two ducklings are swimming side by side to the right. The top duckling has an all dark head with a patch of white on its lower neck. Its back is all dark and its tail feathers are short. The other duckling has long tail feathers and its coloring is variegated white and black. The front and sides of its neck are pure white. Its head is a medium brown and much lighter than the other duckling.]

There were two ducklings with black and white coloring on their backs. This duckling is a different one than in the prior photo. The coloring on its head is different.
[One duckling on the water has its tail end facing the camera while its head faces the left. This duckling has a variegated white and black on its back. It has more white coloring on its head than the other duckling.]

This duckling has a lot of white on its head. Its tail feathers are still very short. The greenish feathers of many male adult ducks are visible.
[One duckling swims to the upper right of the photo. It has a white patch around its eye and along the top of its head. The lower half of the head and the upper part of its head is dark brown. It does have a patch of white on its neck. The rest of the body is dark brown with a few dark green feathers visible on its back.]

Another one of the original five I saw.
[The upper chest of this duckling is very white with almost no mottling seen on the other birds. The top half of its head is a black and white mixture while the lower have is black. Its back is also dark. This duckling is swimming to the upper right of the image.]

Another one of the original five.
[This duckling swims toward the upper left of the photo and has its head turned to the left so its profile is visible. It has a dark head with a wide white stripe down the back and a thin white stripe from its eye to the back of the head. There is also a thin patch of white along the back of its neck which connects the wide white stripe and the white on its chest. The rest of the duckling is dark colors.]

The next three images are from late January and the flight feathers, an iridescent teal, are clearly visible.

I think this girl may be the same duck as in the fourth image (first individual photo).
Hard to tell for sure since they've now begun growing the reddish feature around their bills.
[A side view of one juvenile with her yellow webbed feet walking to the left along the grassy hillside. She has a mostly grey head with a bit of white around her eye, a white neck on the front and sides, and bits of white among the darker feathers on her back. At the tail end of her back side is a large section of teal feathers.]

The 'kids' are all much bigger than a month earlier. The girl from the prior photo is in the middle of this one, but the light has to hit the back feathers just right to be able to see the teal. All five of these have teal feathers which are clearly seen on the two boys on the left.
[A side view of five juveniles as they stand at the top of the grassy hillside facing to the left. The four boys, two on either side of the girl, have varying shades of dark and white feathers on their heads and necks.]

Six of the seven juveniles I saw that day are in this image. (Second from the right in this image is an adult female who was wandering with a nearby group of adult females.)
[A side view of seven muscovy ducks as they stand at the top of the grassy hillside in front of some posts facing to the left. The two females have white necks and white on the front of their chests. All the males have dark chests although they do have varying amounts of white on their necks and heads.]

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