Saturday, October 17, 2020

'Allo ducky..

 

On a walk around Tomato Lake on Thursday I spotted for the first time a pair of pink-eared ducks, a pretty pair they were with their stripes and black, with a dot of pink eye patches. Their large spatulate bills perfect for scooping up the multitude of organisms in the lake..

Tomato Lake, so called because because years ago when it dried out for summer some of the locals successfully grew tomatoes in it, is a fauna reserve and an excellent spot to take pics of the many  species of birds that inhabit the lake area, like the baby fuzz balls below gorging on the duckweed along the perimeter of the lake.. they looked so cute coming up all covered in green..


Floating home. There were three eggs under this female.. so P told me, I wasn't quick enough to catch that shot :)

A Nankeen night heron below trying to catch a nap.. looks like it's still keeping an eye on things! 

 Beauty and the beast.. not sure what it is about the ibis but they give me the creeps!

I wondered if they were ever cute, like when they were chicks.. but nup :)

A mudlark, or it could be a magpie.. not sure about all that green stuff :)

A few ducky shots and a grumpy willy wagtail to end off this slightly overloaded post :) Hope your weekend works out the way you hoped. I'm off to an Art Market today at Winthrop Hall, looking forward to it so much. Happy weekend, take care and stay safe..

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23 comments:

  1. I had never pink eared ducks, such long beaks, so pretty.
    You found quite a variety of birds at the lake.
    Enjoy the visit to the Art Market Grace.

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  2. Lots of feathered company in this area.

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  3. I like those pink-eared ducks! There are no markets going on here for a long time ahead. Everything is cancelled till next year.

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  4. Great pics of those nice looking birds.

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  5. Looks like you have all your ducks in a row.😉 Lovely photos.

    Enjoy your weekend and stay safe. Diane

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  6. Dearest Grace,
    You sure live in a photographer's paradise with such lakes and water fowl!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  7. Wonderful photos. I will opt for Mudlark over Magpie.

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  8. Wow, you found the perfect spot to watch all the birds and what a variety you found. Great shots.

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  9. Oh, Grace, you´re a tad mean, are you? The poor chicks that are not even cute, you made me laugh! 😂
    Enjoy your Art Market, happy weekend!

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  10. Wow, what a beautiful ducks and birds you spotted there, fantastic photos!

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  11. Another beautiful collection of birds and as for the ibis, it was assigned in ancient Egypt to the god Toth for his wisdom.

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  12. Pink-eared ducks... so pretty. We don't have them here but we have one called a shoveler with a similar broad beak.

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  13. I love ducks. What a thrill to see these. Those white birds are unusual. The bills are quite something.

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  14. Beautiful ducks :) Loved all pics.

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  15. Excellent post! I love the pink-eared ducks!

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  16. Oh my gosh they're all totally sweet living their sweet little lives such a treat to see close up!

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