Not these little black ducks

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.

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European Red Fox on the Loddon

One response to “Not these little black ducks

  1. Geoff can you please email me at billshorsetroughs@hotmail.com
    As I have a photo of a bird which I would like you to identify it was found by neighbour at their back door suffering from the heat 40+ here in Stanhope today.
    Taken inside, given water and feed and looks like it is on the mend before they are going to release it.
    George Gemmill

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