Ferruginous duck recorded in the national Park “Tuzlovsky limans”. A rare species is declining due to the shooting of poachers.
In reserve in Odessa region arrived ducks rare breeds / photos of the ecologist Ivan Ruseva

In the national natural Park “Tuzlovsky limans” (Odessa region) came a rare breed ducks – ferruginous duck, which are listed in the international Red book.

About this Facebook said the famous environmentalist and former Director of the reserve Ivan Rusev.

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As noted, now through NPP “Tuzlovsky limans” is the intense migration of birds from the South. Among them, the ecologists recorded the presence of ferruginous pochard. A flock of these ducks, they are photographed in the estuary of the Alkali, which flows into the waters of the estuary Burnas, which are part of NPP “Tuzlovsky limans”.

“All of them, there rare ducks, with white as the enamel eyes, a tiny black dot of the pupil in the middle, there were 25 individuals. Such specific eyes characteristic of males; females have gray-brown eyes,” said Rusev.

According to him, the duck in the last decade rarely see not only ordinary people, but also expert watchers. The number of ferruginous pochard rapidly shrinking habitat is fragmented.

According to the ecologist, the main threat to the existence of this species of duck is the loss of wetlands. Now in several locations and its habitat is shrinking. In addition, careless ferruginous ducks often become the object of hunting – the extermination of birds leads to a reduction in strength.

“Ferruginous duck belongs to the category of globally threatened species included in the Red book of Ukraine, international Red book, included in Annex II of the Bonn Convention,” wrote Rusev.

Ferruginous ducks, mostly herbivorous. Eat seeds and aquatic plants, which collect on the surface of the pond or on the beach. Like most other ducks, complement their diet with invertebrates, which are caught in the middle of the lake: insects and their larvae, crustaceans and molluscs.