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!
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