PACIFIC BLACK DUCK (Anas supercileosa)

This image, made at the lake in the outer eastern suburb (Ringwood) where I born and raised for the first 10 years or so, was one of the images lost in the big ‘old laptop to new desktop’ disaster last May.

I’ve spent many hours recently trying to think of ways to export my WordPress Media Library back into my (newish) iMac Desktop over recent months.   The main export tool in the WordPress Media Library to export the whole library kept ‘falling over‘ last year.

Last week I wondered if I could export just one image at a time (as even attempting a few images at a time failed also).

One-at-a-time worked, but then after doing about 20 images, I checked back in my Mac’s media library and discovered all ehrrrrr……..’pixalated’ on my Mac’s photo library.  They are unusable.

That’s the end of that idea  🙂

I’m full of ideas these days and have wasted many hours trying some of them out.  That’s part of the reason I haven’t been posting/blogging daily in recent months.

After having several images stolen some years ago, I had been re-sizing all/most images before exporting them to WordPress.   Anyway, the above image I must have exported at full size in order to use it as my blog header at one time and this image is the only one which I could export back onto my Mac successfully (out of 6,000 i.e. 79% of my WordPress Media Library which has been used).

Sigh!

Well, one is better than none  😀

AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK (Chenonetta jubata)

GOING BY THE DATE OF THE SHOT, THIS JUVENILE FEMALE AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK MUST HAVE BEEN ON THE MARIBYRNONG RIVER
A YOUNG MALE AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK – RINGWOOD LAKE, RINGWOOD (AN OUTER EASTERN SUBURB OF MELBOURNE WHERE I WAS BORN……ehrr IN A SMALL PRIVATE HOSPITAL (now demolished and replaced with a massive shopping centre), NOT IN THE LAKE.

The long neck and upright posture gives the duck the appearance of a small goose.  The male has a brown head with substantial drooping crest, chestnut-speckled grey breast, grey body and black rump, tail and under tail coverts.

ORNAMENTAL LAKE, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, MELBOURNE
JUVENILE FEMALE AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK – TREASURY GARDENS, MELBOURNE

The female has distinctive stripes above and below the eye on a brown head.

NOT MUCH WATER LEFT IN THE MARIBYRNONG WETLANDS AT THE END OF SUMMER, 2017.
THIS FEMALE WAS CLEARLY INTENT ON SCARING ME OFF WHEN I GOT TOO CLOSE TO HER LARGE BROOD OF DUCKLINGS.
THIS SHOT FROM THE TREASURY GARDENS IN MELBOURNE CLEARLY SHOWS THE DUCKLINGS HAVE THE STRIPE ABOVE AND BELOW THE EYE,  DENOTING FEMALES.

I haven’t followed this up, but every tiny duckling I’ve ever seen, (and I’ve seen and/or photographed many), seems to have the stripe up and below the eye.   So I’m not sure whether all ducklings have this and the males head feathers change to all-brown as they grow OR, I’ve only ever seen female ducklings 🙂

I ASSUME THIS IS A TEENAGER ABOUT TO SHED ALL ITS SOFT DOWNY FEATHERS. THIS IS ONE VERY UGLY DUCKLING.
MORE TEENAGERS IN THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, MELBOURNE