The turn in the weather has brought out families visiting the Reserve. Sometimes, they’re lucky to see a duck family, as in today.
Pacific Black ducks (Anas superciliosa) and the Australian Wood duck (Chenonetta jubata) can both be found quite reliably in the Reserve. The lake is well-stocked with yabbies – which supplement the diet of the Pacific Blacks – and there is a range of grasses which supports the Wood Ducks. And, both species also breed here. Mating season has come and gone, and was a time when it was possible to see and hear the ducks checking trees for hollows.
It has been possible to see the remains of eggs and duckling fluff around some of the larger older trees –although, we do wonder how they make it all the way to the lake, given the foxes, the ravens and thrushes…as well as the motor bike users who are not supposed to be here.
There have been quite a few duck families that have made it to the lake.
This family was soaking up the warmth on the bank near the bridge at the informally named ‘Duck Point’ – a place very popular with children who like to feed the ducks (and the Swamp Hens and the one resident Eurasian Coot!) Fortunately, some people have become aware that bread is not the ideal food and have at least shifted to vegetables.
The Wood Duck family seemed happy with those offerings.