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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Male and female Mallards need little introduction. One of the most common British birds, they can be found on almost any pond in the UK. The male is distinctive but there are at least half a dozen other species of duck which share similar looks with the female in the foreground of this picture, The Gadwall and Pintail to name two. These ducks frequently interbreed with other species of duck from the same genus which is leading to genetic dilution and posing a threat to the existence of other rarer ducks. There are over sixty species of duck that Mallards may breed with. Mallards are common in  many parts of the world including China, North America, Siberia and North Africa to name a few.

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