Tuesday 12 July 2022

Wild Bird Wednesday 520 - Musk Duck

Well, Covid has left alone for a while - thankfully.  So, now it's a matter of trying to get back on track again.  "I may be some time", comes to mind.

Thanks to the power of archive images, this week's WBW is brought to you by the Musk Duck (Biziura lobata).  The Musk Duck is a bit of a strange bird - with a stiff tail that is often carried on the surface of the water behind the bird, and in the males (these are not males!) a large leathery lobe that hangs below the beak.  They have a spectacular, splashy courtship display which I have seen at a distance but not yet photographed.  These birds were photographed at Werribee.

This is another species that seems to be rather shy, and these pictures are the best I have managed is far. (Roll on retirement!)

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  1. Hari OM
    Continue getting weller...(? if it's not a word it oughtta be!) Thank heavens for archives, a friend to thee and me! YAM xx

  2. An interesting duck Stewart. Glad Covid has left you alone for a while but it seems to be rearing its ugly head here in GB again. Some places now insisting on masks again. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great week ahead

  3. Hope you are feeling well..Interesting Duck..As always...wonderful picture..All the best!!!

  4. A new bird to me, nicely shown. Thank you!

  5. That's an interesting duck - new to me! Glad to read you're feeling better!