Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Sitio realizado por aficionados a la observación de aves desde 10 de enero 2006

Orphan ducklings

Pato picazo/Rosy-billed Pochard7 2 16 © Sergio Cusano
These six ducklings appeared without their mother. They saw a Ringed Teal family nearby and tried to join them. But the adults were reluctant to do so.
Pato de collar/Ringed Teal7 2 16 © Sergio Cusano

7 2 16 © Cora Rimoldi
We stayed a while to see if someone took care of them but nobody did. Although ducklings are not fed by their parents, they drive them to the feeding area and protect them. Small as they are they become easy preys. We were in fact very surprised when Nicolás sent us the photo of the six ducklings. He also found them alone and says they were moving very cautiously and this might alert predators...
Pato picazo/Rosy-billed Pochard11 2 16 © Nicolás Giorgio
On Saturday, 13th we looked for them unsuccesfully. Bad sign? If someone happens to see them....