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Duck decoy

Duration: 01:49

Filmed at night with infrared cameras, a mink stalks a mallard duck and her brood of chicks. The mother knows the mink is stalking her but in the darkness has no idea where he is. She hides her chicks in the reeds then acts as a decoy to lead the mink away from the ducklings. Waiting until the last second, when she can sense the mink is really close, she draws him noisily away from the hidden chicks. This is a risky strategy. If she gets caught, he'll kill her first and then get the chicks too. She finally sees the mink and flies out on to the bank. Still ignorant of the hidden ducklings, the mink gives up.

Available since: Tue 11 May 2010


John James
Camera Operator
Charlie Hamilton-James
Philippa Forrester
Charlie Hamilton-James

This clip is from

Natural World 2002-2003, My Halcyon River

3/17 A portrait of a British river, chronicling the the wildlife that lives in and around it.

First broadcast: 24 Nov 2002

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