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Mink with duck.

Observed: 15th June 2013 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammals
14-16 June 13 (92)
Description:
Identifications
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    Likely ID
    American Mink (Neovison vison)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 8 People
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    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
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    • DebbieA
      Derbyshire Mammal GroupThe Mammal Society
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    • gramandy
      Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Amadan's picture

Mink love duck -

A friend of mine lost all her poultry to them over a few weeks in the 1980s. They took a hen first: but once they discovered the ducks, they left the hens alone until all the ducks had gone.
She was once found kneeling by the duck shed, hanging on to the legs of a duck that the mink, under the shed, had by the neck. The duck lost that tug-of-war; and by the time a shotgun had been deployed, the mink was gone.

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The mink on this occasion

The mink on this occasion wasnt giving up its prize despite 2 people watching it from as close as 10 feet at one point. It ran the gauntlet anyway, we didnt have a gun either, just fishing rods.

Cathal.

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"The mink continued up into

"The mink continued up into an overgrown stream with its meal. An hour later an adult otter was observed on the lake not far away. Kingfisher also. An owl was observed at dusk but the only photo achieved was the mink."

There is a great deal to be said for the pleasures of sitting quietly by the water!

Jonathan Wallace

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Absolutely Jonathon, wild

Absolutely Jonathon, wild lakes are always rich with wildlife especially if you are quiet. Its time I had the camera with the zoom to record more observations.

Cathal.

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Another observation worthy of

Another observation worthy of mention was the huge pike which took a trout on the surface by a reed bed in calm water. The trout was focused on the spent mayfly trapped in the surface film when a 3 or 4 foot pike ambushed it from below going airborne in the process. I was about to try to tempt the trout with an artificial fly when this happened. I didnt get the chance.

Cathal.