I Am Dinky Duck - Mallard Duckling - NZ


Gore, New Zealand

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The Mallard is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, North America from southern and central Alaska to Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, and across Eurasia, from Iceland and southern Greenland and parts of Morocco (North Africa) in the west, Scandinavia to the north, and to Siberia, Japan, and China in the east. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. The Mallard inhabits a wide range of habitat and climates, from Arctic Tundra to subtropical regions. It is found in both fresh- and salt water wetlands, including parks, small ponds, rivers, lakes and estuaries, as well as shallow inlets and open sea within sight of the coastline. Water depths of less than 1 m (4 ft) are preferred, birds avoiding areas more than a few metres deep. They are attracted to bodies of water with aquatic vegetation. A day outing yesterday and on our way home we saw this tiny little duck on the road. We stopped and rescued him before he got run over, then searched to see if we could find him mum.. She was no where to be found and it was getting dark. I could not leave him/her on the side of the road, so she/he is now safe and home with us. I shall raise him, then set him free on one of the large ponds in the area so that he/she can mix with other ducks. I just could not bear the idea of a predator getting hold of this little bundle of fluff… It would be far better if his/her mum could raise him and show him the ways of the wild. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 October 2011 Southland NZ

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