ducks

wandering whistling-duck

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P1180481.jpgWater birds have many haunts, and while the Wandering Whistling-Duck is seen in north/west Australia I snapped this one in Kensington Gardens, London. Easily identified by the chestnut underparts, barred wings and cream side feathers. Not a great capture but as I don’t have another in my bird log making do. 

Bib and Bob aka Pacific Ducks

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So I’m back in the Hood but of course WordPress has changed the setup/layout in my absence! These first forays back will see me finding my feet again! Arn’t these little ducks cute, they seemed a very devoted pair when spotted in a botanical garden. 
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pacific black duck

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Well Hi there, it’s been awhile since I stopped by and blogged, having got discouraged last year by a poor internet connection and then distracted by new interests. Time to revisit. P1170538

pacific black duck

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North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour, NSW, is a lovely place for a walk. It offers changing tree-scapes, native bushland, mangrove creek walks, international flora and formal gardens, sensory garden…. to name a few. The Japanese lake attracts a wide variety of native birds including the common but delightful Pacific Black Duck.

 

Chinese ‘northern mallard’

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P1160346Spotted this duck swimming with a few of its counterparts along the shore of a small lake in one of the public gardens in Kunming, China. It looks suspiciously like Australia’s Northern Mallard and given the NM was introduced to Australia it most probably is. Like all dabbling ducks it was taking insects and floating vegetation from the surface with the occasional upend to forage below.

hybrid mallard/black

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This little guy with the cheeky smile is a hybrid duck. He/she comes from the Mallard, an introduced duck, interbreeding with the common Pacific BlackThey are both Dappling Ducks that take insects, seeds and floating vegetation from on or just below the surface.