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2008-04-26-817_1 London Wetland Centre Six Mallard drakes attempting to mate with one female duck | by Martin-James
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2008-04-26-817_1 London Wetland Centre Six Mallard drakes attempting to mate with one female duck

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I'd heard that mallards would attempt to do this, but not seen it before. There was a lot of mating related activity, including, in the case of Mallards, generally chasing the females around. A couple of mallards were mating in what may have seemed a quiet place, when progressively more drakes appeared and attempted to join in. It went on for some minutes, more and more drakes seemed to be joining in, and I lost sight of the female. I was afraid she was going to be drowned, but I think she managed to escape eventually. At this stage in the proceedings there were six drakes involved. I have marked the female with a box to help you find her!

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Taken on April 26, 2008