Ducklings

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rawshorty
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Ducklings

Not a good shot but taken today.

It seems very late to have young one's?

The Wetlands in Canberra.

Rick N
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Beautiful Shorty, love the fluffyness.

Annie W
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Absolute cuteness!  Glad you ask shorty - spied a mum ducky myself at a man-made lake just a few days ago with four tiny ducklings in tow.  Shortly after, followed the resident Black Swans with four tiny Cygnets!  And more ducks playing leap frog wink were spied on the way out.  My sources say that both can breed at any time of the year.  But I've ever seen them with young before when it's so cold, only this year, and it's no different weather wise than the same time in any other year imo!  Perhaps they know something we don't, probably - certainly odd though.

NW Tasmania

shoop
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I have noticed last week a pair of White -cheeked Honeyeaters are building another nest in my garden . My thoughts were the same , surely its too cold this time of year for nest building -egg laying -babies .? Maybe they have always been doing it and I just haven't notice. Who knows !

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

rawshorty
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WOW, Annie. Not did you just see me ducklings but you raised me Cygnetslaugh

Canberra has been warm, normally ANZAC weekend is the start to the cold for us but it is still very warm at the moment.

Shoop, the RB finches have just stopped nesting here, something strange is going on i suspect?

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Annie W
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Lol, did too shorty.  They've all gone "quackers"!  No sight of the ducklings this morning though, and appears there are now only two Cygnets sad.  Can't match the finches and HE laugh, but did see a rather enthusiastic male SFW mid/late April, madly delivering boquets to lady wrens.  Was freezing then too, so that seemed very odd also.

I suspect the animal world is far more in tune with climate change, approaching weather etc than we are.  

NW Tasmania

rawshorty
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I agree, Annie. The animals in the wild are much smarter than us.

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Woko
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A friend informed me he's been swooped lately by magpies in Crafers which is in the loftier parts of the Mt Lofty Ranges SA. We've had a very long, mild to warm, dry spell which is different from the cold of July when they normally begin swooping & nesting or vice versa.

rawshorty
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A new twist, Purple Swamphens with chicks today and a few days ago i saw Black Swans mating.

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timrp
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I've seen Black Swans with their cygnets recently as well but I've just read in my Michael Morcombe Ipad app that Black swans breed after rain. Most ducks do too, otherwise July to about January.

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