A project by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has boosted numbers of the world's rarest duck in the wild.
12 Madagascan pochard ducklings have been sighted on Lake Sofia, in the north of Madagascar - a site where the team released 21 captive-bred pochards in December 2018, in partnership with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
The discovery of the two broods of ducklings has surprised conservationists, as diving ducks tend to breed for the first time at two years old.
Up until 2006, the species was thought to be extinct, but a chance sighting by the Peregrine Fund led to the ducks being brought into captivity in 2009. They were housed at a new breeding centre in the regional capital of Antsohihy.
The Trust says it is delighted with the discovery and hopes it marks the beginning of a revival for the species.
A monitoring team has been based at the site where the birds were released and will now keep an eye on the ducklings to ensure they are developing.
The charity says the young ducklings will face many challenges, including finding food to sustain them and surviving the cyclone season. The birds will have to develop full feathers if they are to survive.