Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Marvellous Mandarin

Our Exotic visitor continues to enjoy the company  and advantages of the Swans Island. 

                       It's a welcome splash of colour, to a spell of bleak cold grey weather. 

Overnight rain raised the river level, but our colourful friend made sure of his place in the food chain. 

He is quite aggressive to any Mallards that get too close, as can be seen in this photo, baring his beak to a scared drake. I am wondering if his mate is nesting not too far away. 

Known as forest ducks, they nest in tree holes, as high as 10 metres from the ground from mid April. Apparently they enjoy the company of other it seems. Short video below shows him keeping a drake away.

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