I use the term "The ugly ducklings" both as a nod to the wonderful story penned by Hans Christian Andersen and to note that these adolescents are at the stage we seldom think about regarding ducks... neither the cute little fuzzy babies nor the pretty adults, they are in a state of evolution.
The photo itself, as the both of you have picked up on, is pretty devoid of any photographic skill or art. It is merely pastoral; it's intent is to be nice
, and that's about it.
I find it interesting - and a tad ironic - that 2 of the most artistic members of this forum have decided to comment on this photo.