Duckling Update: Growing Adult Plumage


It is now 25 days since I wrote about the female Australian Wood Duck being taken, and the male duck raising eight ducklings.  In that first post I mention we had sighted the ducklings about a week before.  So, give or take a few days, the ducklings are now a month old. We still have … Continue reading Duckling Update: Growing Adult Plumage

Ducklings: Still Eight, and Growing Fast


Since the loss of the female Australian Wood Duck, we’ve been hoping the male can successfully rear eight ducklings on his own.  Ten days later, the eight ducklings are still alive and seem to be growing fast. The family of ducks seem to live just over our boundary fence, and come in to graze or … Continue reading Ducklings: Still Eight, and Growing Fast

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

Australian Wood Ducks


  It has been quite a busy week. In those moments where I just want a break, I have been very thankful for the return of the Australian Wood Ducks which are back after spending the Summer elsewhere.  For some reason, they seem much more relaxed near the house, which is fantastic. It has given … Continue reading Australian Wood Ducks

And then there were nine…with apologies to Agatha Christie!


Last year, the pair of Australian Wood Ducks successfully raised eleven ducklings to maturity, and we were hoping they would be able to do the same for the twelve ducklings in this year’s brood.  The ducks frequently walk from wherever they nest  to the grass verge in front of the dam to forage, and this … Continue reading And then there were nine…with apologies to Agatha Christie!