Any of you who have followed at my blog for a while now cannot have escaped noticing that I rather like ducks. To misquote Winnie the Pooh, nobody can be uncherred by a duck.
These ducks are Plumed Whistling-ducks, which were great to see and made even better by the golden hour light in which they were standing. They are most common in the north of Australia, but they do get further south - especially after heavy rains.
Its scientific name is Dendrocygna eytoni, which means Eyton's Tree-Swan - with Mr. Eton being a famous English ornithologist. (Who I have never heard of!)
I rather like the picture with the duck looking up to the sky - either looking for predators or expressing despair at the number of photographers about.
Most of you will know what to do now - click on the blue button and off you go.
The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) is a large honeyeater that is found along the north and east coast of Australia. It is not found in the southeast coastal area - i.e. where I live - so I was looking forward to seeing some on my trip to the Northern Territory.
At first they proved to be a little illusive, but when we were have a cool drink one afternoon we found some that were clearly used to people. These birds would hop on and under that table looking for food scraps - generally successfully.
The pictures here show at least two birds - the one with the blue face is an adult, while the one with the green face is a juvenile.
It makes a change for the birds to come and see you rather than the other way around.
The new year is proving just as busy as the old one! But please spread the word about WBW.