Winter to Spring along Elster Creek

With only a few days to go until Spring officially starts, the local trees and Ducks are right on schedule. A late afternoon walk along Elster Creek to see what was about started with trying to find the Lorikeets I could hear in the flowering tree that hangs over the fence in my backyard into the creek. The Rainbow Lorikeets were feeding on the small white flowers and seemed to be enjoying the sun. They allowed me to get quite close before they flew onto the next flowering tree.

Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Elster Creek, Elwood

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At the local wetlands lake I ran into a birding friend Gio, and we walked along the banks together planning our next day trip into the bush. We came across  a family of Wood Ducks that had nested nearby and were now raising 10 checks. Wood Ducks have quite large families and I think it is needed as quite a few chicks are taken by many predators. Wood Ducks are usually pretty calm around people and just wander back to the water if you approach but these adults were much more nervous of us and took to the water straight away.

Wood Duck and Chicks, Elster Creek, Elwood

Female Wood Duck and Chicks, Elster Creek

Wood Duck and Chicks, Elster Creek, Elwood

Is the male Wood Duck sticking his tongue out at me?

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