Friday, 3 May 2013

Nest Sharing

Having seen the first swan egg on their nest this morning, a surprising sight greeted Ali on her lunch time check, a female Mallard and her eight ducklings! Nestled on the dry reeds the ducklings were keeping warm at their mothers side, the egg still there, hidden under a few more dry reeds than this morning, but just visible. (look at the bottom of the photo and just below the iridescent purple-blue speculum wing feathers, edged with white, that are visible as a patch on their sides, you will see the egg).

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