Pacific Black Ducks, like many birds, are extremely wary of humans and other potential predators. As the Loddon shrinks to a series of barely connected pools, pairs of these ducks can be found at regular intervals along the river. Whenever they see me they usually disappear at great speed in a flurry of wings. Not so this pair, spotted last weekend downstream of the highway bridge. They must have a family of youngsters, judging by the nervous and wary demeanor of the parents, the ducklings presumably disappearing into a nearby rush bed upon my arrival.
It’s not only people to be worried about – a few minutes earlier I spotted this European Red Fox hunting among the riverside vegetation. Blind in one eye it still has potential to wreak havoc on the local wildlife.