A Duck Trap

Sunday, December 11th 2016

Some of the bird ringers are ready to go when they receive a call that there are 'ducks' in the duck trap on another site.  It has been quite busy with seven new Moorhen ringed in a single evening. 

Duck_trap

Apparently Moorhen wriggle, have big feet with claws, that can cause a good scratch.  Unfortunately I don't have a photograph showing the feet so I will have to leave it to your imagination that there are two large feet under each Moorhen chick!

Young Moorhen

Ducks on the other hand are calm and sit still and quiet.

Mallard

Mallard

When the female Mallard has young she usually keeps them close until they are older, then they spread out in line astern.

Mallard and young

Moorhen and Mallard are easily seen on the lake at Foxglove and sometimes on the grassy area under the Wildfowl Feeding Platform.  In easrly spring they are joined by Greylag Geese and their young.

Greylag Geese and their young

Little Grebe kept us entertained throughout the summer.  Focus, click and no Little Grebe.  They dive quickly and surface a distance away from where they went underwater.  Patience was needed to obtain a photograph.

Little Grebe


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