MELLER'S DUCK Anas melleri

A local resident of eastern Madagascar, thought to number less than 1600 pairs, this (almost critically) endangered duck didn't attract much attention for many years as it was thought to be a female-type mallard. There are now a few breeding programmes, notably WWF in the UK, but it is still declining in the wild, and although it does indeed look somewhat like a female mallard, we count ourselves fortunate to have photographed these in the wild.

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