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Please Stop Feeding Bread to Waterfowl
Feeding bread to wild ducks is incredibly harmful. Bread has almost no nutrients that are useful for the duck, so they become malnourished and more susceptible to disease. Compounding the problem is that excessive bread left in the water will rot, which leads to high levels of E. coli and even botulism outbreaks. Wild ducks need to stay wild, and artificially feeding them causes them to lose their natural instincts for acquiring food.
If you want to feed captive waterfowl, consider chopped vegetables, whole grains, or fruit instead.
Read more: NY Dept of Environmental Conservation
Photo credit: Cengland0
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Greater Painted-snipe, Rostratula benghalensis - female | ©Derek Keats (Kruger National Park, South Africa)
Rostratula benghalensis (Charadriiformes - Rostratulidae) is a medium-sized wader (23-28 cm length; 50-55 cm wingspan), found in marshes in Africa, India, Pakistan, and South-east Asia (Sulawesi).
This species is unusual amongst birds because the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male.