Looking for Ducks

It’s mid-summer and not as many birds seem to be around, so we went off driving looking for a duck to photograph.

Eventually, we found one and some of its mates. It’s interesting that they are not the same type. There are a few wood ducks among the brightly colored lot, Australian Shelducks.

There was even a swan or two floating around. The ducks suddenly looked keen for a swim.

Just put a toe in first.

OK this one’s in a hurry. Watch out below.

Another Swamp Hen

This time I tried to really capture the colour in this amazing little bird.

Who me??

Look at my beak.

My feet can walk gently over almost anything.

And from behind I have a fluffy white behind

On a Rainy Day in Summer

It’s a….. ???? It’s a Cormorant not enjoying the rain…

I started to make a list of the birds that I have photographed and because it’s a rainy day in summer, (one in very few!), and both grandkids who live here have returned to school, I thought I’d take the time to add the list to the blog.

I’m not happy with how it looks. It looks a bit haphazard. I’ll keep playing around and try to improve it. At least the links seem to work. Please tell me if any redirect you places you didn’t expect.

I soon got tired of all that and took the camera out into the rain.

I don’t get many rainy days to look at birds. They didn’t seem to enjoy the rain even though they were water birds.

This pelican hunkered down as low as he could when the rain started.

I think I might be in danger of becoming a twitcher, as there are lots more birds I would like to add to my list.

Swamp Hens

These little guys and many of their friends live along the bank of the lagoon out in front of my house and are constant visitors to my garden. They’re always quiet and well-behaved. They don’t make a mess or scratch around and they’re very cute.

Hydromys Chrysogasta

Isn’t it always the way. “Will I lug my heavy camera on my evening walk? No I’ll just take the Iphone. MISTAKE… I came across a pair of amazing creatures, hydromys chrysogasta (native water rats). One got out of the water and ran across the track but I was too slow to get a photo. So I got photos but all you can see are the cute little ears. I might try to stalk them tomorrow… with the big lens.

Black or brown duck

Today was hot, too hot be be outside so I took to my computer under the air con. I was organising my photos and hadn’t tagged this pic. OK, they’re ducks, but what sort???

They are called Pacific Black Ducks. That’s correct these brown ducks are actually brown. But wait. Look closer there is actually a strip of black on their faces. There is now, after I adjusted the color on the computer! No, really, it just looks black from a distance. That’s why there’re called Black Ducks

Speaking of colors, they also have a very aqua blue spot. It’s sort of hidden under their feathers, but when they spread their wings you can’t miss it. Look at the bottom duck.

And then I read that they’re actually called Grey Ducks in New Zealand. No wonder I get confused with all this bird stuff.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (2)

Here are some more pics of the Spoonbill. Click here to go to more pics.

When the water in this pond fluctuates in depth, fish get trapped, making it an ideal place for birds to feed. However, the big fish in the pond are too much for a Spoonbill to contemplate.

What’s that I see behind me????
The carp, not a native fish, grow quite large
I wonder if this was a successful snap of the bill?
More like two spoons really…

Life in Colour – Brown

For Heyjude’s Travel Words Challenge

Nature camouflages many animals using lots of shades of brown. Here’s a selection.

When you look. many animals blend in with the bark of trees.

Look closely

This bird was really hard to spot.

A very shy little bird

It took me a while to spot this nest perched up in another tree.

This rabbit was hiding in the shadows.

These brown ducks were happily in full view.

Peaceful Dove

This is a Peaceful Dove. It is sometimes called a Zebra Dove because it has black and white stripes around its neck. I often hear it calling, yet don’t often see it around. I must be looking in the wrong spots.