I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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