A Mixed Flock


Last Monday was a good bird day.  We often have birds sitting on the jetty railing.  Usually, Australian Wood Ducks;  often Little Pied Cormorants;  rarely, a White Necked Heron.   On Monday, all three species were sharing the space. The Little Pied Cormorants have been here every morning since then, diving for food and airing … Continue reading A Mixed Flock

Duckling Story 2


For some reason I associated the disappearance of the seven ducklings with the first sighting of the Swamp Harrier.   When I check back through the photographs, I note that the single duckling disappeared on that date.  The seven ducklings made their first appearance a week after that date. As is common, the adult Australian … Continue reading Duckling Story 2

Duckling Story 1


In my last post, I added the Swamp Harrier to my list of birds sighted on the property, lamenting that I had not seen the seven wild ducklings since it appeared.  After going back through my photographs for December, I realise I actually have three stories about ducklings  – all of them ending in mystery. … Continue reading Duckling Story 1

Eight Ducklings Are Flying Now (5 Photos)


If you have been following the story of the eight ducklings being raised by one male duck, following the disappearance of the female, you’ll be happy to know they are now flying!  Two popular flight destinations are the bird feeders and the dam. Their father is still very vigilant.  Today I saw him chase away … Continue reading Eight Ducklings Are Flying Now (5 Photos)

Duckling Worries


Last year, the Australian Wood Duck pair first brought their brood of ducklings to our dam on 14 September, so I have been watching and waiting for ducklings since mid-September this year.  Finally, this week they appeared.  We first sighted nine ducklings being led by two parents at dusk about a week ago.  They were on … Continue reading Duckling Worries

Disputed Habitat: Pacific Black Duck vs Australian Wood Duck


  This morning I awoke to a wonderful surprise, a Pacific Black Duck with approximately eight ducklings (it was difficult to count them from a distance).  I’d not noticed a nest, so I don’t know if they were breeding on our property or a neighboring one.  With such young fluffy ducklings, they had obviously walked … Continue reading Disputed Habitat: Pacific Black Duck vs Australian Wood Duck