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Mallard drake

Observed: 4th April 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Mallard, Rye Meads, 22012-04-04 001

Quite a fine bird. I think they're much undervalued, because they're so common. If they were scarce, people would go nuts over seeing one...

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Species with which Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) interacts


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sad fact

I think this goes for all things in nature look how they go on about Sparrows now that there in decline but years ago they were a pest,certain plants like Dandelions which have managed to survive in some of the most adverse conditions but if they were on a high mountain top and only flowered every ten years well there would be coach trip's to see them.I personally think the most fascinating thing's are those which are taken for granted by other's and the one's that amaze me in how they live and take over places that would be classed as undesirable to people.The most amazing site I saw was whilst parked in a rather undesirable industrial estate searching for a tool hire place was a female Mallard crossing the road with seven lovely fluffy ducking's into a stream/water gully and hundreds of Dandelions too.


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And Have You Ever Noticed

Hi Sheila.

Have you ever noticed too how beautiful a small patch of waste ground can be, with different species of wild flowers? A lot of them just LOVE really rubbish conditions, and if take the time to look at them they're exquisite.
People call them weeds; but I say that a weed is just a wild plant in the wrong place...

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Spot on

I agree and can remember some of the most fascinating wild flowers I found as a kid were on waste ground sites and I probably was not supposed to be there either.