Sunday, December 13, 2009

Heyfield Birdwatchers - December '09

G'day Bird Watchers,
A small group braved the coolish wind and the start of the 'silly season' to have our final outing for the bird year at our spiritual home, the Heyfield Wetlands. The emphasis for the day was not so much on the birds but more about reviewing some of our exploits and speculating about the upcoming new year.

Purple Swamphens and Eurasian Coots had babies in the reed beds just in front of the information centre building.

On one of the back ponds we disturbed a family of Black Ducks from their feeding around the edges and they immediately swam under the direction of their parents toward a stump in the middle.

As they gathered around the stump, they packed in very close and even put their heads under the water. The parent birds swum off a bit but kept a close watch on the young ones.

To the naked eye, the stump looked like, well, a stump!

Very clever that, I thought.

Seasonal best wishes, felicitations and salutations to the lot of you. Hope to catch up with everyone again next month - yep, that's right, you don't get annual leave in this group!


  1. A very nice outing for the last one for the year. Interesting behavior for the ducks - but I wonder how successful it would be with real predators? Seasons Greetings to you too!

  2. Hi Gouldiae,
    Nice observation of the ducklings being instructed to swim to that stump and pretend to be part of it.

  3. That'll 'stump' the predators!

  4. And do young ducks get party hats and Christmas quackers? All the best for 2010.

  5. @mosura hahahaa!

    Have a great Christmas and new year!

  6. Merry Christmas, Gouldiae!
    Hope you're enjoying the Holidays!
    :) N

  7. Lets hope those Ducks in Vic can do this camoflaging well enough to outwit the shooters this year.