Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes - Ducks, Ducks and more Ducks

Yesterday I had a long drive to Mt. Barker and on the way back
stopped at this little pond, really a sump for a hillside subdivision.
The run off from so many roofs, sealed driveways and roads
gathers here and because of the fountain aerating the water, 
many waterfowl tend to gather. It has taken some 20 years to 
come into it's own but is now a happy hunting ground for many.

There is a lot of activity of coming and going and changing places.

Pacific Black Duck, left forefront, Eurasian Coot with white 
beak, and my best shot yet of our Australian Wood Duck. 
This is the first time I have captured and indeed 
seen that green flash 
on it's wing.

These three ladies I need Stewart's help in identifying, are they a 
specific breed or a cross?

A couple of Northern Mallards with their iridescent green heads
and their little lady following

she obviously found following them around boring so 
decided to go bottoms up.

And a ring-in, probably my best shot to date of an Eurasian Coot
with it's prominently white beak, face and red eye.

From now on, I will stop at this little pond instead of just passing it by.
Who knows what it may offer next time.

Linking with Stewart's

Wild Bird Wednesday

Michelle's Nature Notes (Logo on side bar)


  1. i do love your beautiful ducks and such a great variety!! Wonderful captures as always, Arija! And thanks, as always, for sharing the beauty! Hope your week is going well!

  2. What a wonderful place to stop and see so many different kinds of ducks. Seems Mallards are everywhere and some kinds of Coots. That Wood Duck is flashy.

  3. I have a HUGE soft spot for ducks. Megathanks. Another stunning post.

  4. So good to know that the run-off is being collected in a pond that has become such a wonderful refuge for waterfowl!

    I love the second picture from the top most of all, incredible how you managed to captured so many speedways at once.

    Big hug,

  5. Its good to find a stopping off place.

    The winter plumage of our two small grebes can be a bit of a challenge at times thats for sure.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  6. The pond is a happy spot for the ducks, loved the photos. Have a happy day, Arija!

  7. beautiful ducks; one and all...

  8. hee hee...
    The ducks say "Let's get quacking!"

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

  9. Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. Beautiful series, photo 7 is my favorite.
    Best wishes, Irma

  11. Nice pond round up. I like the, "Let's get quacking" comment!

  12. The aust wood ducks are lovely, It is hard to see the little bit of green, but when you do it's great. Lovely shots Arija, have a great day.

  13. A wealth of bird-life here Arija .... aren't those Northern Mallards a handsome breed. I'm pleased you stopped.

  14. You captured some good ones here, Arija and your commentary made me chuckle. Who of us hasn't been so bored we just have to go bottoms up?! Glad you now have this place for everyone to enjoy.

  15. Oh I love to see all the waterfowl..... Thank you .... Michelle

  16. Looks like that pond is the place to be to see ducks.Some of the ones you show are similar to the ones we see here.

  17. Love how they follow each other in a row... :)

  18. How lovely and peaceful that pond is.

  19. The pond was an excellent find! Yes, be sure to stop rather than passing it by. :)

  20. You found a really good place to bird watch! Wonderful photos of the ducks.
    Thank you for sharing them!

  21. Fantastic impressions, such a lovely place!!

  22. Those ducks sure know how to throw a party. Much much mingling, but good eats a-plenty.

  23. A lovely spot! The ducks have to be very happy living there.

  24. Great to have such a wonderful pond on a route that you drive often. I'd stop every time too!


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