Ettie’s log #4 : Wood ducks
Continuing the adventures of Ettie the canal barge as she travels the canals of France.
Here’s a picture of a Wood duck at Mantoche on the River Saône. Wood ducks are native to North America but they are sometimes found at the edge of Western Europe such as in the British Isles and, like this one, in France. There is a small population of Wood Ducks in Dublin.
Wood ducks almost became extinct at the start of the 20th century due to hunting, their feathers were greatly desired for decorating ladies hats. Since then, thanks to conservation efforts, the population has increased greatly.
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