Wednesday, 6 March 2013

WIld Bird Wednesday 34: Out for a (Wood) Duck

Straight up, I feel the need to apologise for the title of this post - the last two have been cricket related and I could not resist one more truly appalling pun.  I promise thats the end - unless my plan to photograph bats tomorrow night yields fruit!

These birds are Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata).  They are neither rare, nor particularly shy, but they do turn up in some odd places.  This is the only duck on my garden list, as I once spotted a pair sat on the chimney pot of my house!

They are about 48 cm long and have a liking for fresh grass.  The males are the birds with the solid chocolate coloured heads, and the females have paler heads and stripes above and below the eyes.  These ducks nest in tree hollows near or over water.  One thing that I would dearly love to see in the chicks parachuting out of the nest. This happens very soon after they have emerged from the egg!






It was only as I was putting this post together that I noticed this birds tendency to put its head to one side in a rather attractivley photogenic fashion!  I think I like them all the more for doing that!

Now its your turn.

Click the link below and away you go.  Here is a challenge:  invite one other blogger to join in WBW this week!





57 comments:

Carole M. said...

loving the wood ducks and especialy to get the pics of the ducklings was special. Can't see 'the link' tonight, will watch out for it later.

Kerri said...

Quite different from ours "over here" but always beautiful :)
PS - I'm not seeing the linky either... I'll check back :)

Arija said...

I love our wood ducks. For a couple of years they nested in a dead redgum in our farmyard. Unfortunately I missed the leap of faith. In the last few years, I have seen them only now and then on our dam. Hot, dry summers and drying dams are not the best place for waterbirds.
So sorry I have nothing to post this week. Birds are few and far between in our parched garden and I cannot as yet access my stash of photos on the extinct computer.

Being a cricket fan, I like your puns.

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing. The little ducklings are just so cute :)

Ken Schneider said...

Why that duck is turning its head because he is "paying ready attention" to you! Sorry that your cricket puns just go right over my head. Watching "Downton Abbey" did excite some interest in learning more about the sport, but I haven't acted upon it as yet. Wikipedia here I come!

Rajesh said...

Lovely ducks.

EG CameraGirl said...

They are indeed photgenic birds!

Pam ;) said...

The wood ducks pose is cute as can be and ducklings are adorable. Nice selection of shots Stewart.
My thanks for hosting WBW.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, they're adorable! love the chocolate brown heads and their head tilts. those bills are so small!

their nesting and 'plummeting' is very similar to our wood ducks we get in the states.

and ha ha to the bats and even bearing fruit. :) a whole 'nother pun set out of that, too.

HansHB said...

As always, great serie of photos!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOVE the ducklings :)

Karen said...

What a sweet duck family!

Brian King said...

These look nothing at all like our Wood Ducks, but they're just as beautiful! I love the browns and the chest pattern! Fantastic shots!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I DO love the little ones...ducklings are so adorable!!

Andrew said...

Lovely ducks Stewart and who couldn't love those ducklings .

Johnny Nutcase said...

baby ducks! One of my favorite things!! Love this post :)

Andrea said...

Very different than ours, but so beautiful in their own way. The female Wood Ducks all seem to have a sweet face and, of course, who doesn't love baby ducklings. Your pictures are wonderful as always and we will savor you as our Wild Bird "Pun-dit". Love it again, Stewart. Looking forward to your nest post.

Andrea @ From The Sol

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, the Australian Wood Duck is pretty! The chocolate head is pretty and I love the cute ducklings. It would be cool to see them parachuting out of the nest. Great shots, thanks for hosting!

skye fillmore said...

Beautiful Duck! He has a short beak for a duck too. Great photos as usual! :)

Findlay Wilde said...

These are lovely ducks. I've never had a duck on our chimney. From Findlay.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This is why I adore WBW! I get to see birds that I would not ordinarily see. These are awesome birds with such interesting markings. One of these days you'll get the babes parachuting, I hope. Your photographs are superb!

ShySongbird said...

A lovely selection Stewart. Ducks on the chimney??.....I just can't imagine that, well I can actually and it conjures up a very funny image ;-)

Carletta said...

I like the soft chocolate colors of their feathers.
Oh those little furry ducklings have won my heart!
Maybe their head turns were to say, here Stewart this is my best side. :)
Wonderful images!

Best of luck with the bat watching.

Amanda said...

So cute! I've had them on the chimney too! Last time I was at the pool a pair jumped in and I cursed myself for not thinking to put my googles on and seeing their feet paddling along.

mick said...

Great photos of the Wood Ducks. It always surprises me how they manage to walk along the edge of the road and still stay safe.

You have commented several times about sighting flags on the shorebirds - especially Victorian flags! In all the years I have watched shorebirds in this area I have only twice seen birds from down south. Once was a B.T.Godwit with an orange flag and once was a Ruddy Turnstone with all the flags usually put on those rather special birds (this one was reported immediately to the ones studying them). Check with your experts down your way but afaik your Victorian birds don't come this way. A lot of them come via northern W Aust. Of course vagrants are always possible - and I live in hopes!!

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!!Very beautiful ducks!!And the chicks ,looks cute!Excellent shots!!Thanks for sharing!Hope you have a lovely day!It's hot in Melbourne!!
Dimi..

Nora at Island Rambles said...

your wood ducks are so pretty, ours have many colors but I think I like the mottled brown on yours. Would love to see those babies pop out of the nest. cheers.

She Who Carries Camera said...

those little ducklings are soooo precious!

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots, Stewart. I love the ducklings.

Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails said...

lovely ducks! so different than ours here in WI. USA. my first visit, followed a link as we are avid bird watchers & feeding them takes us to the poor house, but we enjoy it! thanks for hosting!

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

They are very lovely!

Love bats, hope you get lucky!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful birds!

pattisjarrett said...

These are really pretty ducks, the ducklings are adorable! And photogenic? What more could one ask of a duck?

Phil said...

I must admit Stewart. Identifying that duck had me stumped until I read the title and your commentary. Not one we have over here of course and I'm keeping fingers crossed our team don't suffer too many ducks this summer.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Adore those fluffy little ones! So beautiful! And love the patterns and tones on these ducks!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Very photogenic birds, such pretty ducklings & hey, I like your titles!

Richard Pegler said...

Pretty birds, beautifully captured, Stewart!

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

Those wood ducks are a cute bird. In the States our wood duck is different than that. I enjoy seeing birds that are new to me. Thanks for sharing & hosting.

Larry said...

Beautiful ducks Stewart and the ducklings are so cute. As the saying goes, nothing cuter than a box of baby ducks!

Liz said...

I absolutely love Wood Ducks... they did grow on me though!! They are everywhere up here but not so bold.
I love those little chicks! I have yet to see the Wood Duck chicks. Perhaps I should take some time out from chasing yet unseen birds and investigate the local duck population!
Beautiful shots, Stewart!!

Esther Joy said...

Especially loved the little ducklings! I guess tiny creatures have a way of worming themselves into our hearts...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What marvelous captures, just wonderful! Hmm, wonder if you got any Bat images...haha. Have a great week and I look forward to your Raptor presentation~

Marie said...

I love this charming duck! The chocolate heads of the males are so pretty. But they are all lovely, male, female and ducklings! Cocking his head for the picture was too cute!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Wood ducks are so beautiful and interesting. Lovely photos! Thanks to TexWisGirl for mentioning your blog and linky party in her recent post. I tried to link my slow-motion birds/feeder video up from last week.. but not sure it worked. If not, I'll try again next week. Can't wait to check out the other links. Thanks! -Tammy

Mama Zen said...

What beautiful ducks! I'm looking forward to the bats.

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart... Your first shot is so cute the look your getting I think the duck was (paying ready
attention ) that makes the shot..plus I love the pattern on the chest!!
Ducklings are always a hit : )
Grace

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love wood ducks. I love your pictures. And of course you perhaps remember that I am rather fond of puns. So, a perfect post imho. Only thing wrong is that I don't have a little thumbnail picture under it. I'll be back.

Barbara said...

My first time here - hopped over from Louisiana Belle and TexWis Girl. Beautiful series of these ducks!

dancingaspensfarm said...

Those are some cute babies!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Good shots but babies shot is extra lovely...

JDS said...

I agree - the head-cocking makes them all the more photogenic!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful photos of ducks Steward.
You ask me if I want to do with the WBW is very difficult for me.
My English is not very good, so I do not understand exactly what to do.
I hope you understand.
Greetings Irma

NatureFootstep said...

it´s a beautiful duck. Can´t remember seeing any shot of them before. :)

Wally Jones said...

Love the Wood Duck shots! The North American Wood Duck has quite a different appearance, but, interestingly, the chicks also "parachute" from the nest.
I see these ducks are actually in the same scientific family, Anatidae.

I was going to respond to your cricket pun, but trying to understand the game is too much of a sticky wicket for me.

Have a good weekend! - Wally

Pat Tillett said...

VERY pretty! I haven't seen that coloring before. Not on a duck anyway...

i stora drag said...

Goodlooking ducks, I think, never seen them before. And very good photos of them.

Thanks for your thoughts, I'm now again after my surgery.
Greetings Pia

Lazey Winde said...

I gotta say, animals in Australia are a lot more interesting looking than up here. Even your ducks are neater looking.