Red-veined Darters Mating At Salgados

This morning I had a great time at Salgados giving a guided nature walk, we saw lots of bird life as you’d expect, Flamingos, Glossy Ibis, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Purple Swamphen to name a few. However, at an area that had a large puddle of water there were lots of mating Red-veined Darters mating.

Once mating has finished, the male and females stay attached and the female lays her eggs in the water. I snapped this quick photo of a female laying whilst still attached to the male. Whilst not the best photo, it shows this weird behaviour that the Red-veined Darters have.

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