Diving Mallards

Here’s a video that I shot last week at Ambleside Park showing a bunch of Mallards, with a few Lesser Scaup and American Widgeon, going after some bread that somebody threw into the pond:

It was quite intriguing to watch these dabbling ducks trying to force themselves down to the bottom of the pond while the Lesser Scaup easily slipped underwater and resurfaced outside the Mallard mêlée. The American Widgeon didn’t even bother trying to dive for the bread; perhaps, they didn’t want to sink to the level of the Mallards.

The individual that fed them also left behind the plastic bag that the bread came when there was a garbage bin only five or ten metres away. Personally I don’t feel that it is ethically responsible to be feeding wild animals of any sort, be they birds or bears, but littering is an entirely different level of idiocy.


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