Duckling Overload

May 1, 2017

The mallard ducklings have started to appear on the canal with one female with 10 and another with 14 bundles of fluff. Unfortunately nature can be a cruel mistress and within a week one had only four remaining and the other only nine.

 

They are taken by mink, herons and pike of which there are a few large ones in this stretch of water. They can also be attacked by other ducks and geese so a large brood increases the chances of at least some surviving.

 There also seems to be some creching of young between females. I recently watched one who after having been attacked by a goose struggled to get out of the water and to the safety below the female. Swimming down the bank it found a lower point to get out but as this was occupied by the other female I was expecting it to take more punishment. However the female raised herself up and the duckling disappeared under the wrong parent! 

 

 

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