Re: Black Duck duckling death?

To: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Subject: Re: Black Duck duckling death?
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 13:05:16 +1100

Were there any extremes in temperature, rainfall, wind etc? Another possiblity 
is viral, haematozoic infection. Did the parents maintain parental care whilst 
keeping predators away, or did they neglect the ducklings in a way that was 

As a firm believer of the only good cat is a very dead one I suggest that you 
leave the cat in the pool for a few weeks and see if the same abiotic/biotic 
factors affect the cat similiarly! I am joking of course.

Cheers and good birding, 
Paul McDonald
School of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, 2109
Phone: (02) 9850 8191 Fax: (02) 9850 8245


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