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Radjah Shelducks

My morning walk was thwarted by a pair of Radjah Shelducks perched on the bamboo rail adjacent to our driveway culvert! My approach was making them so dreadfully anxious I just felt it was kinder to turn around. I did stop and chat, explaining that I intended no harm but although they momentarily settled during the ‘conversation’ when I moved towards them again they became frantic. I felt so sorry for them, the dilemma of not wishing to give away the location of the hidden ducklings but very worried that I was getting too close.

About 10 days ago Allen observed one duck perched on this rail on a couple of successive days. We wondered if the partner might be sitting on eggs but in spite of some searching could find no further clues. Several days later Allen flushed an adult Radjah Shelduck with about a dozen very young ducklings while wandering through trees along Effie Creek (a small ephemeral creek which comes from our neighbour Ellen’s place). Yesterday he saw two ducks on the rail and when he walked closer they flew down to the water and he noticed a third duck at the water’s edge where he thinks she/he was hiding the ducklings.

So as yet there are no photos of the ducklings and we have a mystery regarding the third duck. We suspect the breeding pair may be those that were successful here last year and that possibly the third duck may be a female from last year’s ducklings. Ready answers are not always available in these situations so we will be content with knowing that we have provided habitat while we watch and wait.

Ducks a Dabbling

Our road to the orchard, which is adjacent to Barratt Creek, is really a bund wall between two wetland systems.   This year’s ‘wet’ is living up to its name with a total rainfall so far this year of 2771mm (not counting what is falling in the gauge now) so it is not surprising that the road has been under water on several occasions.

The last major pick of Mangosteen was transported back from the orchard by dinghy!

This grassy track and the orchard, both with lots of shallow puddles, have recently attracted this pair of Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah) – a duck of a most striking appearance.  Although we have seen this species in large flocks at Lakefield National Park during the dry season, in our coastal area only small groups are occasionally observed.

We are delighted to have them visit us but the weather conditions have made photography quite a challenge.

Allen took both these photos from a long distance away holding an umbrella over the camera.