I was wondering how other people would handle confronting kids about throwing rocks at or near ducks at a lake. There are always kids throwing rocks in the lake, but one boy actually threw one that I think hit a duck or came very close. One boy said to the other "you have to wait until they get very close. . ." I told them to stop as that wasn't nice to do and their mom called them back, but then she got defensive and said that they weren't throwing the rocks at the duck, but I told her they hit that one. She said that she was looking right at it and it didn't get hit by a rock. I told her that I was closer and could see it. Later, I came up to her and told her that I was upset because of someone having their duckling killed by children and it bothered me a little more than usual, so I wasn't trying to fight with her. I did tell her that there was a fine or something like that and I didn't want her to get in trouble. So, basically, I let it go as I didn't see the boys doing it after I said something and the duck seemed OK and even came up to me, though it left later on. They actually were feeding the ducks, but in between, chucking large rocks in the water. It's possible that they didn't mean to throw that rock at that duck because they're young and uncoordinated. So, I was wondering what's a nice, non-confrontational way to talk to kids and their parents about throwing rocks at ducks. I hate to see it so much that I don't come to the lake at certain times because there always seems to be a kid doing that during the afternoon. I don't like getting in fights, but I can't stand ducks getting hurt like that.