Thursday, 31 December 2009

Plumed Whistling Ducks at Bungendore

At about 11:30 on New Year's Eve I was rung by another birder to say that 15 Plumed Whistling Ducks were on a small dam just outside Bungendore.  I was there with my camera rather smartly.

The plumes are clearly visible on the sitting duck.  The second image shows the whole flock.

This one provides a context by showing the farmyard in the background. Plus note that the birds are not worried by the cow and thus unlikely to be escapes from an urban yard.

Finally an example of the hazards of rural photography: trying to get the snap before a cow upstages the ducks.


Denis Wilson said...

Hi Martin.
I love the way you intend to turn anew page tomorrow and go out and "tick" these birds again (as per COG chatline).
It somehow seems almost immoral, but "rules is rules" - tomorrow is a new year.
On that basis, have a Happy New Year.
Denis Wilson
PS: Ouch - the "comment moderation" code is "NUTPAINS" - I kid you not!
So far I am OK. :-))

Flabmeister said...


I intend to ride my road bike out to see the birds (I hope) tomorrow. I hope your validation code does not foreshadow something to do with the crossbar!