Pochard and more tufted ducks

This afternoon, again to the old harbour, where the weather was better than this morning.

Compared to yesterday, the mute swans were gone. The number of tufted ducks had risen from 3 to 5.

The mandarin ducks were near the other bank, but came over to join mallards, coots and moorhens when bread was thrown into the water.

On the banks, blue tit and redwing.

This is a redwing video.

And, where was the female common pochard of yesterday? Finally, as we were leaving, we discovered her. Swimming near the tufted ducks, and diving more often than them.

Breeding evidence of Common Pochard Aythya ferina at Lake Réghaia (North Algeria). After an absence of nearly 50 years, breeding was again assessed for the Common Pochard in Algeria. Nesting was found in 2009 and 2010 at Lake Réghaia. The six nests found in 2010 showed a mean clutch size of 8.16 eggs/nest. The first hatching occurred in May and the last one in the first week of July. Hatching success was of 66.66 %. The main causes of hatching failure were predation and egg abandonment. Nests are made of Typha and Phragmites leaves: here.

Beautiful bird photos: here.

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