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I often ride by the Kanya tapki, which is regularly visited by Cattle Egrets, Abyssinian Rollers, Piapiacs, Glossy Starlings and other common bird sights for this part of the world.

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On this particular occasion, a little duck caught my attention. Not because I hadn’t seen ducks swimming about in ponds before; but unlike those I normally see, this little guy was no domestic duck.

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It was, in fact, a beautiful male Ferruginous Duck [Aythya nyroca], a fairly rare sight in this part of the world. According to Wikipedia, the Ferruginous ducks “breed in southern and eastern Europe, as well as in southern and western Asia. They are somewhat migratory, and winter farther south and into north Africa.”

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They are diving ducks and live mainly on aquatic plants, aquatic insects and small fish. In my presence however, this little beauty just floated about peacefully, lost in his own world. I hope I see him again!

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