I have been invited to join in the Seven Day Nature Challenge by Terri, over at the Beespeak. She and I were joint winners of the Nature Chills Challenge #3 last year.
Living on a boat in a marina, we get to see nature close up, and at the moment I am trying desperately hard to get a decent picture of a kingfisher that visits the boat roof next door, but my camera continues to fail me.
There is plenty of wildlife here, so hopefully I should be able to share some of my observations with you.
I came across these yesterday, 2 shapes that caught my eye in a flower bed of dying tulips.
Not sure what they were, I moved closer.
And was right.
They are Mallard duck eggs, and I think I know which pair are the proud parents.
They seem to be young birds, so this could well be their first clutch, but they are loitering around the area, and the female looks very ‘broad’ at the rear, so she could have a fair few more to lay.
The RSPB gives a good summary of breeding mallards here
Nests are protected and should be left well alone.
I am hoping the eggs haven’t been abandoned, and perhaps over the next few days will see a few more, or even ‘Mum’ sitting on them. The male is pacing in close proximity, like any expectant new father would.
There is plenty of food and water here for them, so time will tell.
Rather than invite a particular person each day, I’m extending the invitation to readers instead, regular or just visiting, and hope this is OK.
So if you are interested in participating, just post a nature photo each day for seven days and ask someone to join in!