Calling all anatidaephiles- if such a thing exists.....
I live on a lovely lagoon near a bird sanctuary, and I think I would like to build some sort of duck house on the water with a camera in it so I can see some duckling chicks hatching.
The problem is, although I am pretty comfortable with the technology involved- wireless cameras, infrared and solar power etc, I know absolutely nothing about ducks, which is a hindrance to my endeavors.
Do any of you people know how practical something like this is from a duck-attraction perspective? Would a house over the water be suitable or do ducks want a place on land? If not suitable for ducks, could I attract any other interesting water-based fowl? What are ducks' predators except for cats (which would hopefully be put off by the water)?
Any duck-based information or trivia most welcome. Cue the silence!