Mother Duck Lays Her Eggs on a 7-story Balcony in a Very Urbanized Area of East London, Two Years in a Row

When everyone was being bored in their homes, seeing no one new besides their family or friends they were in quarantine with, Twitter user Johanna Kolerski-Bezerra had quite an interesting guest. A nesting duck mother chose her 7th-floor balcony to lay her eggs. Kolerski-Bazerra’s apartment is on a block near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, and it’s quite a surprise that a duck would choose such an urbanized area to kay her eggs, especially when it’s 7 stories up.

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Kolerski-Bazerrawas surprised by this unexpected guest that she even named the bird Carmen. This was during the first lockdown that London was going through, but then the next year on the second lockdown, Carmen came back and this time brought a male mallard duck, which is supposed to be her birth partner. Soon after that mother duck laid an egg, which was still very surprising to the homeowners because of the location of their apartment.

Despite a few misgivings the second time around, Kolerski-Bezerra allowed Carmen to reclaim her nesting spot and decided to document the whole process on Twitter. As seen in the pictures she shared, mother duck prepared the nesting material with leaves from the balcony’s fake foliage screening and feathers from her own body to keep the eggs warm while incubating. It took six weeks for the eggs to begin to hatch, initiating the complicated process of getting the newborn ducklings back onto level ground and to an appropriate water source for their survival.

Trying to get the ducks and ducklings out of the balcony was quite a challenge, and for that two volunteers from the Swan Sanctuary, Gill & Andy, came to help, where they made sure the duck family was brought to the nearest pond, Waterglade, in East Village

Stunning Photo of Bengal Tiger Taking a Stroll in Front of Ancient Ruins

A beautiful subspecies of Panthera tigris, which we simply call the Bengal tiger, was spotted by the photographer Nitish Madan, in Ranthambore National Park. The park is a mix of nature, history, and wildlife which also boasts a plethora of fauna besides the tiger. However, tigers are the creatures that Madan is most fascinated by. In fact, he’s spent over 10 years waiting for the perfect moment to capture a tiger walking in front of the picturesque Ranthambore Fort.

“My fingers were numb from the cold and I couldn’t feel them anymore. It was the moment I had been waiting for as long as I could remember. I shook my head in utter disbelief as I lifted my camera and was so glad to have been able to press the shutter button. I already knew how to compose the shot as I had practiced it a thousand times before, only this time it was with a tiger in the frame. It felt so unreal as if it was a mystic dream with a tiger crossing our world.” Madan recalls.

Through his photos, the photographer tries to advise us to treat animals with respect and care. In addition, he reminds us that due to poaching and environmental changes, such majestic creatures are slowly disappearing.

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Photograph Madan was able to capture magnificent photos of the tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

” It was freezing cold, full of fog and mist and I couldn’t feel my fingers, glad that I was able to press the shutter on my camera. It was such a special moment, one that I have been waiting for, for as long as I can remember, finally nature has blessed me with this. I am ever so grateful. For me, this image has captured the heart and soul of Ranthambore.”
“These cats are intensely beautiful, such powerful beings. You can feel the power behind this gaze, such a thrill to see them in their wild habitats.”
“Queen Arrow photographed in a glorious winter light while she was on her territorial walk in Ranthambhore National Park. It always a thrill to see these cats, in all their beauty and elegance. They are simply exquisite! What a privilege to spend time with these beautiful, graceful, powerful beings.”
“What an exciting and heart racing moment it always is when the tiger is walking head on towards you. Such a privilege to spend time with these beautiful, graceful, powerful beings.”
“Tiger Queen licking herself clean. Its not just because they are fastidious, they work to remove as much of their scent as possible so prey won’t be able to smell when they are downwind.”
“What an exciting and heart racing moment it was as we watched the gorgeous tiger princess walked the forest track head on towards us. I froze in sheer awe at how magnificently beautiful she really was when she looked me straight in the eye.”
“Captured early in the morning when she was getting ready for a busy day.”
“It is always a delight to see a Male tiger as they are so hard to sight. Photographed this male in zone 6 of Ranthambhore national park when he came for a drink of water from a natural depression, a natural shallow hole which holds water in the summer. So if you know where the water is in your forest reserve you can pretty much predict where tigers are going to be.”

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