Seven Day Nature Challenge : Day 1

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.

Digital Camera

I spy……..

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.

Digital Camera

eggs,  15 Apr 2016

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!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Seven Day Nature Challenge : Day 1

  1. tildy1 says:

    Egg-cellent post! I couldn’t resist! It will be interesting to see them hatch!

    • I sincerely hope they do. ‘Dad’ has been going through his paces, but Mum seems to be occupied elsewhere. We’ll see. The ducks re all pairing up now and the frantic thrashing of mating wings on the water is quite frequent!

      • tildy1 says:

        I recently took some pics of a mallard duck couple hanging out in the grass near a creek…I didn’t see any eggs though. I think they were just passing through!

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