Just after I uploaded the previous post, I came across these images from the 25th September 2013 and back came the memories of the day of shooting.
This was back in the day of long Nature walks and hundreds of photos taken in the one afternoon – in the local parks and gardens around Melbourne city, down the beach, at the Zoo, in Nature Reserves, or just plain setting off with no particular destination in mind.
This particular day I’d caught a bus to the Fitzroy Gardens to the beautiful old Conservatory and then, crossed the road to the Treasury Gardens with its lovely pond and rows of enormous old trees either side of the main walking path. Office workers from nearby tall office buildings come to this pond in the warm weather to eat their lunch or meet up with friends for an hour.
The Treasury Gardens in Melbourne are located on the eastern rim of the city’s CBD (Central Business District) below.
I spotted a number of little Australian Wood Ducklings and spent quite a while kneeling down about 8-10 feet away capturing these little bundles of joy. It seems I’ve lost a few of the series, but still retained enough to share online.
There were 10 little Ducklings on the 25th September visit.
Then back again a few days later on the 30th revealed 4 more (to make 14 ducklings).
Only 2 adults that I could see, so where did the 4 extra ducklings come from?
Were the 2 adults baby-sitting? Do ducks have more than one set of offspring in a season? Or worse, had the 4 new ducklings lost their parents?
I never found out.
When I knelt down close, Papa Australian Wood Duck started to get very annoyed and confronted me with a stern warning to back off.
Since I was almost eye to eye with Papa at this stage, I hurriedly got up and walked away.
On the other side of the pond, I came across a few ‘teenagers’ and managed to get a shot of this young male.
Alas, all the rest of the duck images taken that week have disappeared with the rest of the missing images in the Mists of Time, but I was so glad to come across these few again tonight in my image Library.
Note the males have brown heads and the females have a stripe above and below the eye. I’ve never ever seen a young duckling with a brown head, so, do they all have striped heads when they’re born and the males acquire the all-brown heads as adults OR what?
Who knows. It’s after midnight so I won’t be surfing the net to find out. My Australian Bird Guide book doesn’t reveal the answer.
Hope you enjoyed the viewing.