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Lifer 333 – Plumed Whistling Duck

Instead of watching the AFL Grand Final on a lazy Saturday afternoon at the pub in Lake Boga on my road trip to Goschen, I took off south to find an ebird reported duck species that I had never seen before – a Plumed Whistling Duck. Without a lot of expectations I drove south for a few hours, got bogged, got dirty, got lost but in the end I found my duck and after dancing my little victory shuffle I tried to get a few images as proof of bird 333. In  the end I found 7 ducks across 2 dams including  3 flying over my head just to make sure. It is a strange looking duck with large wings, tiger stripes and makes a high pitch sound as it flies. It feeds at night and sleeps and preens during the day, resting in long grass around dams. I actually saw 2 Wood Ducks on a farm dam along Kow-Swamp Rd in Terrick Terrick and pulled over to check them out and on the bank close to me I found my Plumed Whistling Ducks. [This is actually my second time reporting Lifer 333, one of my previous bird species has been merged back into another related species…painful but it can happen both ways – merges and splits].

Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria

Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

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Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

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Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

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Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

Nice big wings

Plumed Whistling Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

Stripes under the wings

Australian Wood Duck, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road Dams, Terrick Terrick, Victoria, 1st Oct 2016

Australian Wood Duck – the reasons I found lifer 333

Preening along the creek…

While walking along Elster Creek, I photographed a flock of Australian Wood Ducks that have been in the area over the summer. Wood Ducks breed in large numbers with parents and the occasional aunt raising up to 16 chicks. The one photographed below was grooming its finer down feathers. I thought the wind was blowing the feathers forward but as I photographed the duck it raised and lowered the feathers at will as it preened.

Australian Wood Duck, Elster Creek, Victoria

Australian Wood Duck, Elster Creek, Victoria

 

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?

Dinner and a Show at Elster Creek

An evening walk last week took me to the edge of the local pond along Elster Creek. A few regulars were taking their own evening strolls, having late snacks, preening and bathing and I stopped to have a bit of a look…..

Australian Wood-duck

Australian Wood-duck – also called a Maned Duck due to their short black mane running down their necks

Australian Wood-duck

Australian Wood-duck – the Wood-Duck has very large families and often Aunts will help look after the brood – I have seen 28 ducks in a single family flock

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella – an adult and an immature Rosella were feeding on the flower buds and seed heads on the edge of the lake. They are usually quite flighty but allowed me to get closer than usual.

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella – it was a bit windy and a gust came a long at the right time.

Eastern Rosella

Immature Eastern Rosella having a look back at me while he chews on a flower head.

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella  – I find this bokeh a little weird.

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella

Dusky Moorhen,

Dusky Moorhen

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck – bath time

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck – water off a duck’s back

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck III

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck – the series of photos showed the duck’s head and body staying in place while the wings shook off the water – he flapped 3 or 4 times

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck – all done , nothing to see, move along

Australian Wood-duck

A young Australian Wood-duck – last minute feed