8 comments on “The New Bird Habitat – Council Sewerage Treatment Ponds

  1. Great photos. Thankfully, I have seen the Blue-billed Duck and the Pink-eared Duck in a zoo. But not a great as it would be to see them in the wild.

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    • Thanks Lee, yes it was a great thrill for us first to actually find the duck and then to eventually after several tries to get a decent photo. Its bill shines bright blue in the sun making it easy to discern from the Hardhead.

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  2. Lovely photos Ashley. The images of the various ducks all look very peaceful and calming. Sounds like you are enjoying the lovely cooler weather like us too, now that autumn has finally moved in. Have a Happy Easter! 🙂

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    • Thanks Mimfilip, there are many surprising finds to be had at sewerage treatment ponds around the country, in fact many birders make them one of the places they check out for water birds. There are many which do not have public access, but they usually do not mind birders coming in as long as they are only viewing and keep out of the way.

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  3. How lovely that you guys spotted these elusive and beautiful ducks! And got such good pictures with a clever tactics 🙂 Beautiful song too. Happy Easter to you and yours, my friend.

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    • Thanks Tiny, the Blue-billed Duck has been a challenge for us the last few years and it was a delight to actually get good photos finally, as the days preciously were overcast and as you know you do not get good colour or resolution when the light is poor and diffused. That song was from a musical I wrote many years ago and was from practice tape, there are better versions sung by my then group but that one I was able to find quickly, as time is at a premium now, and I, like yourself, am very busy and longing for quiet breaks in between. We will be off on a birding road trip next week, and looking forward to the break. Have a great week my friend!

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