Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 299 - Australian Wood Duck

Well, things are a bit hectic here - so today I am going to post some ducks and leave it at that!

These are Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) which are considered to be Goose-like Ducks!  I tend to think of them as duck like ducks!

Anyway, these ladies and gentlemen were about and about at Halls Gap last week, so I felt obliged to photograph them.






The males are the birds with the dark brown head, the female have the greater extent of speckles.

Sorry for the lack of visits - I'll be back up to speed for WBW 300!

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22 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Handsome birds! We have goose-like Muscovy Ducks and duck-like Egyptian Geese. I think both bear some relationship with the shelducks.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
They are lovely - that second shot is particularly pretty! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

They are beauties, male and female.

Rhodesia said...

What a pretty duck and great photos. Well done. Cheers Diane

Brian King said...

I've never seen this one. I love the mottled plumage!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Who doesn't love ducks.

Hope your time in charge has been fruitful.

David Gascoigne said...

They do have the look of a goose about them.

Missy George said...

Beautiful ducks..Great shots..thanks for sharing Stewart..

June Caedmon said...

Pretty markings! I agree I think they are more duck-like ducks than goose-like ducks. Have a wonder-filled week, Stewart!

Andrea Priebe said...

Our Wood Ducks are much more colorful ... at least the male, but these are gorgeous in their own way. Do they fly up and sit in trees like ours or are they more typical "Duck" :). We are getting very close to a move ... we close on the new house in May then all hell breaks loose. I will do my best to keep up, but can't make any promises. Be well, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

photodoug said...

Stewart, handsome ducks. Thanks for sharing.

Florida Farm Girl said...

These remind me of the nene, the Hawaiian goose. I guess its the shape.

Findlay Wilde said...

Very nice looking ducks. Females as nice as the males.

Beth said...

Unusually for birds, the female is every bit as handsome as the male with her spotted chest.

Linda said...

Well, I've heard of Duck Duck Goose (a game) so I guess these are Duck Goose Ducks. ;-)

BumbleVee said...

I'm with you.... they are ducks....

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, your shots never cease to amaze me and I agree, I think the females are pretty darn attractive. Today I got a "juvie" Pileated Woodpecker pounding the heck out of one of the rotting ogs in the woods!...)JP

Vineeta Yashsavi said...

Wow... Beautiful pictures...

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.
Best regards!

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Pretty pictures .. Good weekend

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your wood duck is an elegant bird! But I must say that this must be the only Australian bird that is less colorful than the US one by the same name.