Is this a Paddle, Raft, Plump, Team, Brace or Dopping of Ducks?


Swarm!, photo by OtisDude.

OtisDude writes:

I was shooting some duck pictures today when all the sudden something startled all the ducks. Calm to chaos in less than a second. I managed to snap off 4-5 pics before I got a little panicked and got out of the way.

We’ve all heard of the many Inuit names for snow. In case anyone was wondering, ducks are pretty much the same. There’s quite a collection of names for a group of ducks including a paddling of ducks or a raft of ducks (when floating along), a plump or team of ducks (in flight overhead), a brace of ducks (post hunting I believe) or a dopping of ducks (when diving). More ducks on Michigan in Pictures.

None of these seemed quite right but fortunately there’s also a flush of ducks, which I’m going to assume covers exactly this scenario.

2 thoughts on “Is this a Paddle, Raft, Plump, Team, Brace or Dopping of Ducks?

  1. very cool image. i love good accidents like this. a “flock” of ducks also works.. but for this image, if you’re looking for a title, I like “flush of ducks.”


  2. Hi Otis,

    My name is Ricky Westbrook. I have seen some of your baseball pics and love them. I am starting up a fantasy basrball website and wanted to see if you’d be interested in letting me use some of your pics on my site in exchange for a link back to your site, or a banner. Let me know if you’d be interested.



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