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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 08:01   #1
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Mallards turn predator

Newly observed behaviour.


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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 08:50   #2
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Not entirely new behaviour. I have heard of a couple of instances where this has happened. I remember of one such episode in Scotland and a quick search revealed this from a few years back.
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 14:32   #3
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Mallards in my experience will eat just about anything. Here's another couple of examples though, in one case definitely, and in the other possibly, it was a matter of kleptoparasitism rather than predation

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/1...7602221544709/
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Old Tuesday 4th July 2017, 18:32   #4
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BWP says "occasionally even birds and mammals"

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Old Wednesday 5th July 2017, 08:16   #5
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The duck was treating the wagtail like it was a similar-sized and similar-shaped frog. I suspect it is not very wise for fledglings to land near little egrets (or any other mallard-sized bird; black-headed gull, crow) either. What saves small birds in most circumstances is their quick movement out of the way. I guess many slower small birds (for example with injured foot) fall prey to larger birds they mingle around while foraging. I saw a photo of a fieldfare caught by a crow in a place where on the same day I saw both species feeding together on lawn without conflict at one foot apart. Crows are a major factor in mallard duckling mortality in our area, and they were reported tricking a slow pigeon into allowing it to be gradually surrounded by a murder.
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Old Wednesday 5th July 2017, 13:04   #6
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Nothing new about this - Geoff Doré photographed Mallards killing & eating Sand Martins in 2011 - http://www.geoffdore.com/gd/showcase...h-mallard6.htm
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Old Wednesday 5th July 2017, 17:07   #7
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Nothing new about this - Geoff Doré photographed Mallards killing & eating Sand Martins in 2011 - http://www.geoffdore.com/gd/showcase...h-mallard6.htm
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