Peeking duck

The cliff face the peregrines use is clearly a prime property location for the Falls of Clyde wildlife. A mallard has also chosen to nest on the cliff, far below and to the left of the peregrines.

The nest is hidden on the left part of the long grassy strip © Rhian Davies

She was spotted peeking out from a large tussock of grass very low down the cliff. Since then she has been displaying classic nesting behaviour: sitting for long periods of time and tucking herself in with the surrounding grass.

Tucking in © Rhian Davies

Hopefully we will spot the ducklings when they make their way down to the river. This will involve a duckling freefall which can be worrying to watch. It is quite normal however, for ducks to nest high up in tress, cliffs or even window boxes. Ducklings seem to have a natural bounciness which cushions their fall.

Rhian – Seasonal Ranger

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The cliff face the peregrines use is clearly a prime property location for the Falls of Clyde wildlife. A mallard has also chosen to nest on the cliff, far below …

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