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Spotted Whistling Ducks update

We’ve had some fairly hot and humid weather which is usual for this time of the year but watching the storm clouds build yesterday afternoon was something of a relief.   In the morning I could hear a lot of Magpie Geese honking – so I left the weeding job in the vegetable garden and walked down to the hide on Graham’s pond where one group of about 60 birds had our single resident Jacana skipping around the outskirts of the flock probably feeling overwhelmed by the noisy invasion.  There were 4 Wandering Whistling Ducks tucked away in a quiet corner but no sign of the Spotted W.Ds, however  I wasn’t too concerned as there are many out-of-site channels and ponds.  Later in the day Allen, who has been working in a different part of the property, reported both Wandering and Spotted W.Ds in the same vicinity.  Although they were near each other, Allen said that when disturbed, the 4 WWDs gathered close together and moved away.

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The gathering storm clouds passed us by, the huge flock of visiting geese departed and  sultry conditions persisted until a welcome 52 mm of rain during the night.  A quick check of Graham’s pond this morning before we left for a day in  Cairns resulted in a count of 10 Spotted W.Ds enjoying some peace and quiet.  We’ll have a good look around tomorrow but we often find the Wandering Whistling Ducks will leave as soon as there is a decent shower of rain.

The big questions are –  will the Spotted Whistling Ducks remain in the local area?
–   we know they rest on branches during the day, do they roost at night?
–  and if they do, where do they roost?

Ducks a-dabbling…..

Paddling around on ‘weed patrol’ is not the arduous task it used to be – although it will always be a necessary part of wetland maintenance.

I apologized to a Jacana for disturbing it yet again as I made my way through a carpet of Daintree water lilies while  admiring their colours which range from a rich pink through to a violet blue.   A movement on the water at the far end of the pond caught my eye and I watched with absolute delight as a pair of Wandering Whistling duck rapidly encouraged their young ducklings to take cover in the sedge.  Later in the day I managed a quick photo from a distant vantage point but even then my presence was making the birds nervous so we have left them alone.  The photo below is very small but if you click to enlarge then you have a chance of seeing a few of the 13 ducklings I counted.

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and there’s more news from the swamp……………. Continue reading

Nesting highs and woes …..

We’re always excited to find a new bird nest but I suppose some species we watch more keenly than others.  There have been no further reports on the Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) as the nest was deserted two weeks after we first observed it.  We have a lot of hypothetical scenarios but no real clues as to what could have happened. 

Fortunately the nesting Frogmouths on the Daintree River have been having more success. Continue reading