Baby Bird Alert – Epping Forest and Woodford Green

Now that the mandarin ducklings have grown up and left Earl’s Path Pond a mummy mallard has moved in. She has eight new ducklings. They mostly kept to the shade, but one of them came out to feed amongst the water lilies.

baby mallard

baby mallard

I was quite pleased with this picture as you can see the water the duckling is spitting out.

Over at Strawberry Hill the terrapins are still enjoying the Sun,

terrapins

terrapins

although one of them seems to have fallen out with his mates.

The Garbo of the chelonian world

The Garbo of the chelonian world

There are more baby mallards at the pond at Woodford Green.

Mallard ducklings

Mallard ducklings

They are very keen on bread and we were really sorry that we didn’t have any when they came to join us at the water’s edge. There were also a pair of moorhen chicks which wee a bit more wary.

Moorhen chick

Moorhen chick

Photos copyright QueenMab/Shipscook Photographic. contact simon.ball3@btopenworld.com for commercial reuse

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