Duck eats snake!

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8 years 5 months ago #11622 by nkgray
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Guinea - Day 27, and I saw the most amazing thing.

Driving into one of the local villages that straddle the track into my field area, there was a duck (domesticated white one - with Muscovy Duck head markings, others in the group looking much more like Muscovy Ducks) sitting in the middle of road back to us. The driver hooted and the duck did not move. As we edged closer to convince it to move, it turned sideways on and to my amazement I realised that it was in the process of swallowing headfirst a 40-50cm long bright green snake, some 5mm thick. When it had it just about completely swallowed it calmly waddled off.

Has anyone seen behaviour like this? I wasn't even aware that a duck would think of eating a snake that size, or a snake at all for that matter.

......and on Day 27 (3 days to go) my Guinea list has grown to 87 species with the latest West African species being Senegal Parrot, Black-bellied Firefinch, Sun Lark and Orange-cheeked Waxbill. The list is given below, with the now 32 non-Southern Africa species highlighted in red.

1 Babbler, Brown
2 Barbet, Hairy-breasted

3 Bateleur
4 Bee-Eater, Little
5 Bittern Dwarf
6 Bluebill, Western
7 Bulbul, Common
8 Buzzard, Red-necked

9 Canary, Yellow-fronted
10 Chat, Familiar
11 Cliff-Swallow, Preuss's
12 Cormorant, Reed
13 Coucal, Senegal
14 Crake, African
15 Crake, Black
16 Crow, Pied
17 Cuckoo, Klaas's
18 Cuckoo, Red-chested
19 Cuckooshrike, White-breasted
20 Dove, Palm
21 Dove, Red-eyed
22 Drongo, Fork-tailed
23 Eagle, Long-crested
24 Egret, Cattle
25 Egret, Yellow-billed
26 Firefinch, African
27 Firefinch, Black-bellied
28 Firefinch, Red-billed
29 Fiscal, Common
30 Flycatcher, Black-and-White (Vanga)
31 Goose, Spur-winged
32 Green-Pigeon, African
33 Guineafowl, Helmeted
34 Hamerkop
35 Helmetshrike, White
36 Heron, Western Reef
37 Heron, Green-backed
38 Hornbill, African Pied
39 Hornbill, Black Dwarf
40 Hornbill, Piping
41 Illadopsis, Pale-breasted

42 Kingfisher, Malachite
43 Kingfisher, Pied
44 Kingfisher, Striped
45 Kingfisher, Woodland
46 Kite, Black-shouldered
47 Kite, Yellow-billed
48 Lapwing, African Wattled
49 Lark, Sun
50 Longclaw, Yellow-throated
51 Mannikin, Bronze
52 Parrot, Senegal
53 Partridge, Stone

54 Pigeon, Feral
55 Pipit, Plain-backed
56 Plantain-Eater, Western Grey
57 Prinia, Tawny-flanked
58 Puffback, Northern
59 Pygmy-Kingfisher, African
60 Quelea, Red-headed
61 Rock-Thrush, Rufous-tailed
62 Saw-wing, Fanti
63 Saw-wing, Square-tailed

64 Shikra
65 Snake-Eagle, Brown
66 Sparrow, Northern Grey-headed
67 Spurfowl, Double-spurred
68 Starling, Lesser Blue-eared
69 Sunbird, Copper

70 Swallow, Lesser Striped
71 Swallow, Red-chested
72 Swallow, Red-breasted
73 Swallow, Wire-tailed
74 Swift, African Palm
75 Swift, Bates's
76 Swift, Little
77 Tchagra, Black-crowned
78 Tchagra, Marsh
79 Turaco, Violet

80 Vulture, Hooded
81 Warbler, Willow
82 Waxbill, Orange-cheeked
83 Weaver, Black-necked
84 Weaver, Vieillot's Black

85 Weaver, Village
86 Widowbird, Yellow-mantled
87 Wood-Dove, Blue-spotted

Neil

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8 years 5 months ago #11623 by Dave Shedman
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The things you see when you don't have your camera with you! I have to confess, I'm as bemused as you, I would never have thought ducks would eat snakes, sounds bizarre. Maybe we could name a new species after you - Gray's West African Snake-Eating Duck. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

I'm definitely applying for a job on your next expedition, even if it's just hosing down the tyres on the 4x4!!

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8 years 5 months ago #11634 by Birdlover
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Maybe we could name a new species after you - Gray's West African Snake-Eating Duck.
I'm definitely applying for a job on your next expedition, even if it's just hosing down the tyres on the 4x4!!


Agree ... Will you be doing interviews ? When can i send my CV ?

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