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Ducklings on our new wildlife pond

Post  Laikipia on Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:02 pm

This year we made a new wildlife pond in the garden, it's only just been finished so we are very chuffed that 2 females have 2 and 4 chicks and are living on the pond - the mothers fly out to go to the river to feed and then fly in again, they also like, as do the chicks the ground food I put down for the birds, pheasants, p'fers et al.

Here's a few photos, not too close as they are very timid still.

Mrs D with 2 chicks last thing at night coming for food.



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Post  Doogs on Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:19 pm

How wonderful Lai, you are going to get a lot of lovely times ahead with whatever and whoever uses it and there will be plenty.

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:20 pm

Thanks Doogs.  I have better photos of them on the pond but for some reason I couldn't upload/download them.  Will try again shortly, okay we're on a roll just now.

Mrs D with 4 chicks



2 chicks



Mrs D with 4 chicks



Their new duckhouse - unused this year although the chicks have explored it.




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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:41 pm

Both Mrs D's and all 6 - they tend to keep apart so difficult to get a photo of all of them



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Mrs D and 1 one of the youngest chicks.



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Post  whitestarling on Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:55 pm

http://i73.servimg.c Lai the pond looks lovely, and its fantastic you have wildlife on it all ready, the Ducks, and Ducklings are beautiful. How did you get the Hippo to pose like that  
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Post  littlewid on Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:16 pm

WOW WOW WOW  That pond looks amazing Lai and the water is so sparkly, it's lovely. The photos are brilliant and it is wonderful you have two ducks and their chicks already. Loving the new duckhouse, I bet that will get used lot and if that was my pond I will be there all the time peeping at them all day long.
Fantastic you have had the pond done for the wildlife and I am sooooooooo loving that hippo, he is brilliant, I kow he is real Very Happy  but where did you get him from?

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Post  Safariman on Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:39 am

Lovely photos Lai, lets hope the chicks survive. No male mallards around? As long as the hippo doesn't wake up, the chicks should be OK!!!! Perhaps next year you could put a remote camera in the Duckhouse to see what transpires, it could make for some interesting photos.

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Post  littlewid on Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:10 pm

That is a brilliant Idea Safariman  

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:46 am

Thanks everyone.  What an ace idea Safariman, we'll try that for sure.

Thankfully the male mallards are on the river and not around at the moment, although one did pop in a couple of days ago.  All 6 chicks are doing well, although the 2 belonging to one Mrs D are smaller they are quite fast when they need to be.  We are so hoping all 6 survive.

We got the hippo at the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park last year, or maybe the year before and we've been waiting for somewhere to put him.   My mum had the idea and we think he looks great there, a little different I agree!

We've also got lots of beautiful dragon flies on the pond, far too fast to photo but some stunning colours.  Hopefully we'll attract more wildlife once the pond is well established.

I've got some more photos and will upload them later.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:03 am

Just a few more, not on the pond but around the feeders, sometimes we have ducks, pheasants and one p'fer at the same time, it gets complicated with the hierarchy as one Mrs D in particular doesn't tolerate anyone near her chicks!



Fizal looking a little tired and jaded.  He and the hen pheasant have been mating this week, so maybe some little pheasants soon










Hen pheasant well camouflaged in the long grass


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Post  littlewid on Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:07 pm

I think your Mum deserves a You the man  for the Hippo idea Lai, what a clever lady, he is perfect and looks so at home there in the pond. I would never have imagined they would have sold or commissioned anything like that at the RHS Flower show, what a great idea as some people do have large gardens for them to settle into nicely.

Loving all the pics and it's great to see Fizal again, lets keep our fingers crossed that there will be some little ones soon bounce  Those chicks are just so cute aren't they and sounds as if the mums are doing a grand job of protecting them.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:25 pm

Thanks Littlewid.  It's amazing what you can find at flower shows.  We're off to Tatton this Thursday for the RHS show and hoping for slightly cooler weather so my mum doesn't over heat.  We take a picnic with us and some Pimms as well as plenty of water and enjoy a slow walk round the floral marquee as well as all the other bits and pieces.  Who knows what we may find this year Very Happy 

Sadly we think the baby P'fers may not have made it, before we left for Shetland Persephone had lots (maybe 7 or Cool with her and when we returned we couldn't find her or any chicks.  Ptolemy is around but on his own, perhaps that is a good sign and it means she is safe with her young but I really don't know.

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Post  whitestarling on Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:04 pm

 Loving the photos Lai thanks, it's brilliant you have done the pond, and your going to get so much enjoyment from it, and thw wildlife benifits so much from things like this. The Hippo was a great idea, wonder what you'll find at the show at Tatton ?

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Post  littlewid on Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:24 pm

Oh no, how sad is that Lai, lets hope as you say that as Ptolemy is around and on his own that is a sign that she has more chicks. It is just heartbreaking that these wonderful birds have all these chicks and then they dont survive.

I hope you have a lovely time at Tatton on Thursday and that is is a wee bit cooler, I have heard tonight that we may be in for temps of 95 - 100 tomorrow affraid  I really hope not but they do say it may be a little cooler towards the end of the week, so you and your mum may be lucky Lai.

I am very interested to hear what you may bring back with you on Thursday bounce 

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:31 am

Thanks WS. We are already loving the pond and watching who comes for a look.

Wow Littlewid, you've got it bad in the south, our temperatures are much much cooler, and today it's lovely so far with some cloud cover as well.  Thursday it may rain What a Face but it will also be cooler so good for walking round.

I'll let you know if we find anything interesting - I have to resist buying seeds and plants but love to have a good look Very Happy 

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Post  littlewid on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:22 pm

Seeds and plants are such a temptation aren't they but lovely as well flower  Im really looking forward to hearing all about your day out and especially what you have brought Very Happy 

yes it has been Mega hot here, they say maybe thunder this evening and if it rains I am going to stand out in it Rain  to cool off a bit, it is so humid as well. Fingers crossed Thursday is a cool one for you.

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