Wednesday, 24 September 2014

One from Cannop Ponds, The Forest of Dean, earlier in the year - Mandarin Duck.

Cannop Ponds near Parkend village in the Forest of Dean has long enjoyed a reputation for attracting these imperial looking and colourful ducks, probably because the ponds, which are served by a slow flowing stream, are surrounded by Rhododendron and ancient deciduous Forest, an important factor for a duck that nests in holes in trees.

Its interesting to note that the current UK population is possibly greater than that of Japan with which its name is associated.

With an omnivorous diet, in autumn it is often found on the ground under oak trees eating acorns and snails.

What a visual impact this drake has.

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