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mandarin duck down the river

Discussion in 'Wildlife Gallery' started by rob158, Mar 24, 2010.


  1. rob158

    rob158 PetForums VIP

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    there was a mandarin and shoveler duck down the river tyne in haddington,
    :thumbup:
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    mandarin duck


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    shoveler duck
     
  2. Nonnie

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    Amazing pics.

    Mandarins are such stunners. Lucky to see a Mallard where i am :(
     
  3. London Dogwalker

    London Dogwalker PetForums Senior

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    wow the mandarin is really beautiful! :D
     
  4. Acacia86

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    Great Pictures! I love ducks! I really want some!
     
  5. rona

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    Unusual to see them on rivers, they usually like quite covered ponds
    Beautiful photos :)
     
  6. chickenrun

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    If you see the manderin again catch it and ill buy it for £30.... im after a pair of them.

    i should have aylesbury and white crested bali runners hatching on wednesday if anyone interested? live in leicester
     
  7. rona

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    :( :( :(
    They are wild birds!!!!
    What would you do with them?
    Eat them or shut them in a cage
     
  8. chickenrun

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    I was only joking about catching it .....I wouldnt eat them..when i get a pair they will be for breeding. be kept in my garden with the rest of my ducks
     
  9. rob158

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    thank you for the website i will have alook as ill be getting some in the next couple of months for next years breeding season
     
  11. Nonnie

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    You can also buy fertile Mandarin eggs to hatch yourself.

    Theres a few sellers on eBay.
     
  12. chickenrun

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    yeah i know im watching them all lol.... but i would rather have the birds than the eggs as they are going for over £50 for 6 eggs even tho i would pay that its just i dont want to take the risk you never know none of them might not be fertile.
     
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    oh, piffle and hogwash! :mad: U can candle the egg to see its development, and U already have ducks to set them under - for that matter, a broody hen would do.

    leave wild birds where they belong -
    to say nothing of the chance of exposing YOUR *much-loved* birds to disease, parasites, gut-microbes, etc, from the wildlings, to which they may have no resistance.

    i have had offers from many ppl to collect turtles from the wild for them -
    over 9 long-tons (thats 2200# x 9 = 19,800#) of LIVE turtles from the wild go from the USA to Asia, on average, each year.
    how long do U think wild-species can support such insanity?
    we need our wildlings in the wild - not somebodys duck-yard or turtle-pond, or on the menu for a wedding. :(

    yes, U are just one person - but so were the Just * One * Persons who nearly eradicated the egrets of the USA for ladies hats, one hat at a time.
    :mad5:

    if U want another species, BUY the pair - or eggs from captives. don;t sleaze around.
    --- terry
     
  14. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

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    Lovely duck photo's.


    Mandarin ducks are not native to Britian, several escaped from collections & started a feral population here. They have done very well since & don't seem a threat to any of our native species of duck.
    It says in the link below, they aren't protected birds, but I believe they could be now.
    Mandarin Duck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  15. leashedForLife

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    thanks for the link, hun! :)

    yup, i knew they were introduced via captive-escapees -
    nonetheless, the bird on the river is highly unlikely to be somebodys pet, and so long as they are not damaging,
    i;d as lief let them be - in the wild.

    i will however, GLADLY offer U every escaped, cross-bred, indistinguishable MUTT of Muscovy + Rouen origin
    Feral Ducks on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    in the USA - or just Virginia, if thats too many birds :lol: i;ll throw in the Pekins, Runners and Calls for a bonus!

    the bloody-bedamned Muscovies are huge re wild-Mallards, but the drakes are rank and rampant, and rape anything with wings
    they can catch. :mad5: Muscovies were kept for egg-laying, too, and as a result,
    the blighters are as fertile (and nasty) as pond-muck.
    Muscovy Ducks: Species information and Photos

    Muscovy-ducks + their cross-bred ducks will lay eggs 9 mos of the 12, and are not incredibly devoted mums;
    many are downright casual, and on the wildlife-hotline, i lost track of the number of times i had to field calls
    from a sobbing woman or outraged man, saying, she hatched them, and then she LEFT... and theres 2-dozen ducklings
    peeping in my yard!, with nothing to eat, and its COLD out there...

    happened every year. ~ sigh... ~

    if the UK ever decides to eradicate Mandarins in the wild, i;ll do a deal -
    i;ll trade 2-dozen plucked + gutted Muscovy-mutts and Rouen-mutts, for every ONE live-Mandarin. ;)
    i can offer a bounty on them, here, and ship them fresh-frozen.

    if only they became popular for Thanksgiving as the entree... :thumbup: i would rejoice!
    lets go huntin fer the Thanksgiving ducks, paw - how many do ya think this year?
    well, son...
    theres us four, and Aunt Mabel, and Dottys husband + 2 kids, and Dicks gonna be here with his girl -
    thats 10, i was thinkin 5 birds and we;ll make pate' with the leftovers.
    hows that sound?
    oh, GREAT, paw! if i get 2, can we toss for the 3rd one?
    sure! i don;t want to hog all the fun... :D
    (claps son on the shoulder as they go to get the shotguns out for cleaning)

    ah, what a lovely fantasy... :001_tt1:
    --- terry

    sick of &%$#@! feral ducks and geese, and $&*#[email protected] dumb people who INSIST on feeding the poop-machines... :mad:
     
  16. Valanita

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    We don't need your cross bred ducks. We have enough mucky ducks here of our own. On most any pond or lake in Britian, as our Mallards can & do mate with any duck that gets near them, whatever the breed.:)
    I found this link, it seems a lot of duck & goose species will inter breed. :confused1::eek6::blushing::shocked::001_smile:

    Hybrid Ducks (gobirding.eu)
     
  17. leashedForLife

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    ah, fudge! :eek: grump, grump, grump...
    i figured somebody there might be happy to eat em, if nothing else.

    i swear i;m gonna start a Hunt-Yer-Own bird movement for T-Day, and by gum, it WON;t be a turkey on the platter...
    i even wrote a jingle! :eek: R U ready? ahh-emm, koff, koff...

    radio-voice sings to catchy tune...
    _______________________________________

    duck is lovely, duck is nice... all dark-meat, and what a price!
    buy a license, then the shells, its all yours - go get it, fellas!
    duck is tender, ducks delicious...
    look, these gorgeous duck-y dishes!...
    theres stuffed-duck, pressed-duck, duck with apples,
    Peking-duck and sardinapalous,
    yummy duck with marinade, duck la-Orange',
    glazed with marmalade; shining roasted duck so crispy,
    melt-in-your-mouth duck breast or pate';
    cubed to scatter in a salad; savory across the palate.
    forget Grandpas turkey, dry as dust, and big as hippopotamus -
    get some ducks and then you;re living - NOW, U have a great Thanksgiving!

    thank Heaven for delicious ducks... pass the platter, please!

    __________________________________
     
  18. chickenrun

    chickenrun PetForums Member

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    Im pretty sure they aren't protected yet but i know over here in england you are ment to clip their wings to stop them from flying as they are not native to this country.... i just got 6 eggs going in incubator on wednesday when my call duck eggs arrive
     
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