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What type of duck is this? Seen in south-east London park

Not a duck but a small species of goose, Egyptian goose. They're not native to the UK, but have been introduced and feral birds are not uncommon. The head can appear darker in contrast to the breast ...
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How do I get started duck hunting?

There are many paths to duck hunting, but here are a few tips: Get a shotgun and just go somewhere. Look on forums or on maps for public hunting areas in your neck of the woods and just get out ...
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Is it realistic that a duck would raise a swan?

As you suspected, in general it's not realistic that a duck would raise a swan, especially in the wild. INCUBATION: A swan's egg is much bigger than a mallard's, so the mother mallard (hen) is not ...
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Can cornbread be fed to ducks?

Cornbread may contain wheat flour as well as corn meal. Both are processed cereals and so should not be given to wild creatures. In addition cornbread probably contains some of these ingredients: ...
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How do mallard mother ducks tell their ducklings from others?

Most of the birds identify their young by calls. This is a survival trait in birds which allows them to locate their young when they are out of sight. Same applies for ducks as well. As far as I know, ...
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Are there any statistics on how many mallard ducklings survive?

There is indeed data on mallard duckling survival, which in retrospect is not that surprising given the number of wildlife biologists and the interest of fish and game departments in the number of ...
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How do I get started duck hunting?

Being from Arkansas and about 80% of us Arkansan's duck hunt I can throw out a few pointers. Location. Are you in the flyway? Start scouting your local game and fish website about duck hunting. Join ...
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Are there any statistics on how many mallard ducklings survive?

In a stable population any breeding pair will, during the course of their lives, successfully raise two young who successfully breed themselves. Of course there's no such thing as a stable population, ...
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Is it realistic that a duck would raise a swan?

I have seen on TV ducklings being 'raised' by cats, Cuckoos being raised by small singing birds and people in zoos using birds of some breeds to brood eggs of other species. So if a swans egg happens ...
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What may have happened to this duck family?

Not knowing exactly in the world where you are makes it a little difficult to give an exact answer. I'm guessing North America based on the presence of the seedling Acer growing next to the nest. The ...
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Can cornbread be fed to ducks?

It is generally considered a bad idea to feed wild animals, both for the animals themselves and for humans. Animals can become dependent on the handout,and unable to fend for themselves, or take ...
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How big do ducklings get before they can fly?

According to Mallard - Wikipedia: Incubation takes 27 to 28 days and fledging takes 50 to 60 days. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch. So they will be ...
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Is it realistic that a duck would raise a swan?

I found this page because there is a pair of swans near me that nest in the same spot every year. I hadn't been past for a couple of weeks but when I did today I saw them out with their cygnets, five ...
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