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This evening I made a pretty gruesome discovery in the tall grass.

A predator of some sort had killed Phil’s sister, who had been sitting on a nest somewhere deep in the meadow grass. She had not been coming to evening feeds.

Her body was lying there, inundated with maggots and stinking to high heaven.

Phil is now the last of clutch.

Of course, I didn’t waste the body. I put her remains near the trail camera to feed whatever carnivore comes that way.

We’re like the Copenhagen Zoo here. Death is not wasted.

It just can’t be.

 

 

 

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Phil is eclipse plumage.  All mallard ducks undergo a molting period in the summer in which they cannot fly. During this time, male wild mallards lose most of their ostentatious green feathers and look positively homely. Phil is a khaki Campbell cross with wild mallard, and when he goes into eclipse, he turns back to khaki.

It looks bizarrely moth-eaten for what was once fairly dapper duck with a green black head.

Like this:

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His concubines don’t seem to care that much:

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Phil is now going int eclipse plumage, and now he looks like he has mange.

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Not the best manners.

Yes.  Ducklings do grow fast!

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Khaki child

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A bit of water vegetation on the head never hurt anyone.

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