Pacific Black Ducks are common throughout Australia and there is a little community on the lake near where I live which is part of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve. They are surprisingly skittish (perhapes that is why they are now so common) and take off as soon as they see you approach. I expect I will become one of those eccentric bird watches who sticks grass in their hat and coat so they can creep closer and take better pictures. My bird book, Slaters Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd edition, tells me the males make a soft three-noted quack and the females a loud descending six-note quack.. I think this may indicate who is ruling who or at least who makes the most noise about it. They have the perfect environment for nesting as the lake is surrounded by reeds and grass but these ducks are also partial to down-lined tree hollows and can lay 8-10 whitish or pale green eggs. With spring fast approaching I shall have to perfect my approach so I can capture the ducklings on camera when they appear.