Two pairs of Wood ducks, Chenonetta jubata, have made it with their new families to the lake in the Reserve. They typically face roads, speeding cars, and family dogs on their way down to the water, with many ducklings in tow.
It was lovely to stand quietly and watch as the parents of this family (above) shepherded their bundles of fluff around the lake. The very protective parents faced off a bathing magpie, an imperious purple swamp hen and one of the bully-boy pair of domestic ducks that make the lake their home.
The domestic duck castaways enjoy regular feeding by visiting children – although bread is not good for them or the wild water birds who also take advantage. (And the carp, unfortunately, also enjoy the visits.)