I guess finding a good and safe place to nest must be difficult for Mallards (or any ducks for that matter). The pairs set up territories and defend this area from other ducks – especially same species ducks from what I can tell. I did see a Wood Duck beating up a Mallard duckling that got too close to her babies one time though.
I was watching a Mallard pair swimming along when another male Mallard chased them away. I didn’t get a picture of the chase though – just the pair out for a swim. Then I found another Mallard pair who have chosen (for one reason or another) to nest away from the river – although not too far. They were hanging out at a little puddle on the street. I don’t know if they were hanging out there because they couldn’t find a suitable space on the river or if they just prefer a residential nest. 🙂
As I watched this pair, they crossed the street and went into a yard. I had trouble getting better pictures of these two because we were fairly close and as far as Chester was concerned, they were as good as bunnies to chase. This is one of the reasons, I seldom get bunny pictures too.
Chester watches the ones in the river, but doesn’t try to chase unless we are past the area where there is the large drop down.
So far on Africam today, we have seen Leopard, Black Eagle, Elephant, Nyala, Vervet Monkey, Kudu, Wildebeest, Zebra, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Cape Turtle Dove and Duiker. Click here to see all of the pictures from May 22.