With the Moolort wetlands full over spring a number of duck species have taken the opportunity to breed. There are now lots of families of Australian Black Ducks, Grey Teal, Wood Duck and Australian Shelducks to be seen in the district.
To cap things off nicely I came across a pair of Pink-eared Ducks Malacorhynchus membranaceus with their brood at Walker’s Swamp earlier in the week. Small numbers of this distinctive small duck, notable for its spatulate bill, have been spotted over the past few months. It can gather in huge congregations when conditions are ‘right’ – the numbers of less this year than back in 2010/11 there I cam across a few flocks of between fifty and one hundred birds.