Red-crested pochard video


This video shows a male red-crested pochard.

Michael de Vries made this video in Ede, Gelderland province, the Netherlands.

Smew ducks swimming, video


This video shows four smew ducks, two whitish males and two greyish females, swimming in the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

See also here.

Rare New Zealand duck news


This video says about itself:

Rare pāteke birds relocated to new home

21 January 2016

One of New Zealand’s rarest mainland waterfowl is on the comeback with the help of local iwi and Forest and Bird. 80 pāteke were released into their new habitat in west Auckland yesterday in a bid to pull the species out of potential extinction.

See also here.

Ringing apparently not harming Eurasian teal


This video shows male and female teal.

From Wildfowl journal:

Ringing does not appear to have an adverse effect on body mass immediately following capture in Eurasian Teal Anas crecca

Abstract

Studies of waterbirds rely to a large extent on ringing and resighting or recapture data, whilst assuming that ringed birds are broadly representative of the population as a whole. This may not be the case if the capture process may in itself have an influence on the birds. The analyses presented here showed that the body mass of ringed ducks often decreases between capture and recapture if the latter occurs within a few days or weeks. This could possibly reflect stress caused by handling, which would be problematic if it causes ringed birds to behave in a way that differs from the population as a whole. Alternatively, body mass measurements could also be biased by the general use of bait to attract birds to the trap. Initial and subsequent body massdata recorded for Eurasian Teal Anas crecca caught then recaptured within three weeks were compared between sites where the birds were attracted to traps with bait or with live decoys. When bait was used individuals had a greater body mass at ringing but were lighter at recapture at all but one site, where only a marginal difference was found.

Conversely, when using live decoys, body mass remained constant at the next capture event. This suggests that mass loss commonly observed between capture and recapture is not caused by handling, but is potentially an artefact linked to duck hyperphagia in the presence of abundant food at ringing. It also implies that most available duck body mass data, which are usually obtained from birds ringed at baited traps, may be artificially inflated. The present results are based on one single unbaited site, however, and experimental manipulative studies (alternating the use of bait and live decoys to trap birds) are needed to confirm the findings.

Northern shoveler feeding, video


This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

5 June 2015

Northern Shovelers are dabbling ducks, meaning that they tip up to feed on vegetation in shallow water, and they do not dive. Look for them on flooded fields and small bodies of water. The green head and chestnut flanks indicate this is a male; both sexes have a distinctive, oversized bill that gives them their name.

English winter ducklings saved


This video says about itself:

A mother duck looks on while twelve of her adorable ducklings attempt to overcome what is to them a very large obstacle, the stairs. Will they make it? Watch and find out!

From Wildlife Extra:

Early-Bird Ducklings Have A Lucky Escape

With reports of daffodils in December and the warmest winter on record, it looks like spring has sprung much earlier than expected in 2016.

It’s not just the local flora that has been confused by the unseasonably warm conditions, as this week, eight tiny ducklings were picked up in Emsworth, Hampshire, having hatched some four months earlier than expected.

These adorable little ‘early birds’, thought to be just a few days old when found, were rescued from the roadside after their mother and three siblings were tragically struck by a car and killed. They were taken to Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery in Horsham, who contacted Tarnya Knight, a local wildlife carer, who works for the Born Free Foundation.

Tarnya will now look after the mini-mallards until the spring. She said: “Normally you wouldn’t see ducklings until around April, but due to the unusually warm weather this little brood has hatched early. Depending on how cold it is outside, I’ll keep them indoors for a few weeks and then they’ll be moved to a duck pen outside where they will stay until they are old enough to fend for themselves.”

The eight ducklings have affectionately been nicknamed: Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy, after the ‘Brady Bunch’ family.

Tarnya added: ”Despite their sad start to life, these little ones are actually very lucky to have been brought to safety. By the time spring arrives officially, they will be ready to be released back into the wild.”

Female common pochard bathing, video


This video shows a female common pochard bathing and diving in the Lepelaarsplassen nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

Marlies Pauw made this video.

This site says this duck is a teal, but I think they are wrong. Teal are not diving ducks.