You can't have failed to have noticed that I like ducks. If you have ever posted am image of a duck, it's probable that I liked it. There is something so wonderfully peaceful about ducks I think.
This week's WBW is brought to you by the Radjah Shelduck (which is a combination of words that auto-correct seems to hate!). This is a duck that is restricted to the north and northern parts of the east of Australia. In other words it's not a bird I see on a regular basis.
These birds were taken at two location in the Northern Territory - the first four images were taken at the appropriately named Bird Billabong, and the others on the rather more famous Yellow Waters. I watched the duckling for a good 10 minutes and they did not spot preening at all!
There is no real information to be had about this birds scientific name - Tadorna radjah as it means Radjah Shelduck! The birds are about 50 cm long with a wing span close to 100cm. It also seems that they are fond of mud!
I think that I am finally to be back up to speed after at least 3 weeks of less than perfect health. Now its your turn to click the blue button and join in with WBW. SM
Greetings - its not been the easiest 10 days of my life in terms of health and such like, so I am very behind with replies and such like. Just when I thought I was out of the woods, today I spent well over an hour - and well over $500 - in a dentist's chair. Which was an experience that is best described as unenjoyable! On the other hand, my week has been better than the one that the frog in these pictures was having! I should be thankful.
The bird is an Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) one of a set of at least 3 'large' white egrets in Australia. I'm pretty certain I have got the name right, but will except corrections!
This bird was feeding in the shallow water outside of the Mamukala Bird Hide when I saw it get the frog. It was caught, turned around and swallowed all in a few seconds.
The large blue / purple birds in the background are Australian / Purple Swamphens.
I hope finally to be back up to speed some - so, thanks in anticipation for comments. Now its your turn to click the blue button and join in with WBW. SM