We hear things retrospectively when we have understood them - Marcel Proust
Time for rationality, ducks don't do much parenting and if the wretched thing gets into a fix there is not much the parent can do. That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Roger – further upstream there was a female mallard with at least six ducklings in a stretch of shallow water with reeds for the ducklings to hide. A perfect breeding spot.To my eye mallards seem to be so successful that some of them are forced into marginal breeding areas. Even if their ducklings die and the parental genes are not passed on, there will always be offspring of more successful mallards who have to try these areas because of the size of the population. It may even be partly a matter of luck – hence the title.
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