A Carniverous Duck: the Yellow-billed Pintail

South Georgia has enormous quantities of wildlife during the breeding season. With so many King Penguins, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals about it was interesting to notice and photograph  a small duck which was flying in and about the vegetation.

Yellow-billed Pintail

Yellow-billed Pintail

There are about 1,000 pairs in South Georgia.

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Males and females look very much alike.

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They feed by dabbling.

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They also dive for shrimp and other crustaceans.

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Nests are made on the ground in dense vegetation. Up to 5 eggs are laid.

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The male assists the female in finding food but does not incubate the eggs.

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Yellow-billed pintails often live near seal colonies and have developed a taste for seal flesh for nearby carcasses. A very rare habit in ducks.

Miles Hearn

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