The WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) conserve, restore and create wetlands, not only are they preserving a wetland that is so important to a lot of wild animals here in the UK but they are also actively involved in breeding programs to endangered spices around the world.

The following images are a small sample of the Wildfowl that can be found within the many pools and ponds at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Martin Mere, Lancashire UK.

The Chilean or Brown pintail is one of three subspecies of the yellow-billed pintail, and by far the most numerous and widespread. It is found throughout much of South America from extreme southern Colombia southwards to Tierra del Fuego, as well as in the Falkland Islands.

Brown pintail ♂ (Anas georgica) Canon 1D MkIV – 500mm

The red-crested pochard (Netta rufina) is a large diving duck. The scientific name is derived from Greek Netta "duck", and Latin rufina, "golden-red" (from rufus, "ruddy").

Its breeding habitat is lowland marshes and lakes in southern Europe and Central Asia, wintering in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. It is somewhat migratory, and northern birds winter further south into north Africa.

Red crested pochard ♂ (Netta rufina) Canon 1D MkIV – 500mm
Red crested pochard ♂ (Netta rufina) Canon 1D MkIV – 500mm
Red crested pochard ♂ (Netta rufina) 1D MkIV – 500mm
Red crested pochard ♂ (Netta rufina) Canon 1D MkIV – 500mm
Red crested pochard ♂ (Netta rufina) Canon 1D MkIV – 500mm

The Andean crested duck is found on lakes in the Andes of South America, ranging at altitudes of 2,000-4,300 m above sea level from the Huánuco Region of central Peru southwards through the mountains of Bolivia to Talca Province in central Chile and Mendoza Province in northern Argentina.

Andean crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Andean crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

The chestnut teal is darker and a slightly bigger bird than the grey teal. The male has a distinctive green coloured head and mottled brown body. The female has a brown head and mottled brown body. The female is almost identical in appearance to the grey teal. The female chestnut teal has a loud penetrating "laughing" quack repeated rapidly nine times or more.

Chestnut Teal ♂ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Chestnut Teal ♂ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Chestnut Teal ♂ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

Chestnut teals form monogamous pairs that stay together outside the breeding season, they defend the nest site and look after the young once  hatched.

Nests are usually located over water in hollow trees but sometimes they nest  on the ground among clumps of grass near water, when the young hatch they  are ready to walk  and swim  within a day.

Chestnut Teal ♀ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Chestnut Teal ♀ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Chestnut Teal ♀ (Anas castanea) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

The New Zealand scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) commonly known as a black teal is a diving duck which as the name suggests is native to said country.

New Zealand Scaup ♂ (Aythya novae-seelandiae) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
New Zealand Scaup ♂ (Aythya novae-seelandiae) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

Hooded mergansers are the second smallest species of merganser, with only the smew of Europe and Asia being smaller, and it also is the only merganser whose native habitat is restricted to North America.

Hooded Merganser ♀ (Mergus cucullatus) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

The Hawaiian Goose or Nene represents a conservation success story, during the 1800’s there were over 25’000 Nenes on Hawaii but after the introduction of dogs, cats, rats and mongooses their population crashed to about 50 birds, in the 1940’s these Geese were obtained by WWT and bred so successfully that 200 have been returned from England to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Andean crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Andean crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
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Andean crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

The swan goose (Anser cygnoides) is a large goose with a natural breeding range in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia. It is migratory and winters mainly in central and eastern China. Vagrant birds are encountered in Japan and Korea (where it used to winter in numbers when it was more common), and more rarely in Kazakhstan, Laos, coastal Siberia, Taiwan, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

Below are a couple of portrait shots of this beautiful bird.

Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

The marbled duck, or marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) is a  medium-sized species of duck from southern Europe, northern Africa, and western and central Asia.

Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm

Mandarin ducks are beautiful birds to photograph mainly due to their amazing colour, they are not native to this country but were introduced to the UK from China and have become established following escapes from captivity.

The male mandarin has the most elaborate and ornate plumage with distinctive long orange feathers on the side of the face, orange 'sails' on the back, and pale orange flanks.The female is dull by comparison with a grey head and white stripe behind the eye, brown back and mottled flanks.

Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
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The male has the most elaborate and ornate plumage with distinctive long orange feathers on the side of the face, orange 'sails' on the back, and pale orange flanks. The female is dull by comparison with a grey head and white stripe behind the eye, brown back and mottled flanks. They were introduced to the UK from China and have become established following escapes from captivity.
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis) Canon 1D MkII – 500mm
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