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I must have counted upwards of 15 male Mandarin Ducks at Connaught Water on February 18th. I’ve never seen so many EVER! At the most I’ve only seen 2 males and 2 females there. Something has attracted them  but most weren’t lucky enough to have a lady, so there was quite a bit of squabbling going on, but nothing major. Photographed from the other side of the water.

Last year the resident couple had 10 ducklings. Looks like there’ll be quite a few more this year if there’s enough pairs

Connaught Water, Epping Forest, Essex, February 18, 2016