As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 13 May 2018

Rare and endangered duckling hatches in Sussex

Louis the ducking, hatched in Sussex this weekend, belongs to one of the most endangeed species of duck in the worlds

SUS-180429-111246001 Published: 11:18 Sunday 29 April 2018 Updated: 15:03 Monday 30 April 2018

A duckling belonging to one of the rarest and most endangered species of birds in the world has hatched in Sussex this weekend. Louis, a baby white-headed duck, was hatched at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) centre in Arundel yesterday (April 28) - but is already being treated as a VIP by the dedicated WWT staff.

After hatching, Louis was sent on his way to the main trust’s main duckery at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire , escorted in style by the WWT Arundel Centre Manager Tim McGregor. Eventually Louis may return to live at WWT Arundel but he will be sporting a big blue bill like his dad who lives in the Reed Swamp exhibit at Arundel Wetland Centre with other ducks from Kazakhstan, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan.

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