Chicks ride on their mothers back by Andreas Gandl (6 images)

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Sibling rivalry was in full effect for these ducklings as they tried to hitch a free ride on their mother's back. Nature photographer and public sector employee Andreas Gandl, 31, photographed the lucky common merganser chicks at a park in Munich, Germany.

Mr Gandl, who lives in Geretsried, Bavaria, said that he spotted the mother and six chicks swimming and noticed the youngsters were "pretty independent", chasing flies around the lake.
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