This is a Pacific Black Duck, Anas supercilious, and is found in most of Australia except for the central deserts. Its habitat is usually deep heavily vegetated waterways such as swamps. At times it will be found in open water and wet paddocks. This particular one was living in an inner city pond, no doubt being fed by the visitors to the gardens. In size it will be between 47 to 60 centimetres.
Pacific Black Duck – keeping an eye on passers-by.
Pacific Black Duck
The following image is one I took several years ago in New Zealand and it illustrates how the Pacific Black Duck forages for food. This is referred to as dabbling. These birds are mainly vegetarian but will supplement their diet with crustaceans, aquatic insects and molluscs.
A Pacific Black Duck dabbling in the Avon River, New Zealand
The Pacific Black Duck is closely related to the Mallard, A. platyrhynchos, a species introduced from the Northern Hemisphere. They have very similar habits and the two species will interbreed.
The tourist information blurb will tell you that near the old swing bridge is where the river meets the sea. It is indeed where the Erskine River runs into Bass Strait near the town of Lorne.
Near the Old Swing Bridge, Lorne, the rising sun highlights the vegetation on the bank of the Erskine River.
Erskine River – Morning reflections on the still water of the river.
Erskine River – Where the river meets the sea!
The Old Swing Bridge is situated on the Erskine River at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia. Constructed in 1937 it has become a famous landmark and tourist attraction. Also at this point there is a grave which holds the bodies of two young children who, in 1850, were suffocated in a tunnel they had dug into the sandy bank of the river.
The Old Swing Bridge at the mouth of the Erskine River
The Old Swing Bridge
The Old Swing Bridge crosses the Erskine River at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia.
This morning was an early start. I headed off to Lorne situated on the Great Ocean Road on the south west coast of Victoria in Australia. After a quick breakfast (black coffee and an egg and bacon roll) at the local bakery it was down to business setting up the tripod and camera.
The images below are the best from my first shots. There are others that I am in the process of developing to follow in future posts.
Jetty at Lorne – First light
The jetty at Lorne #2
Is there a flower more beautiful than the Magnolia? I think not!
This photograph was taken a few weeks ago at the Botanic Gardens in Colac, Victoria, Australia.
This is an image I shot on Tuesday night when I went to Lake Colac to shoot the sunset. It will be added to my project called Empty Seat in the Park.
Empty Seat – by the lake
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Empty Seat – in black and white.
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This is my 150th post. My blog had its first birthday just a couple of weeks ago. With these milestones in thought, I went to Lake Colac last night for the sunset. Whenever I need inspiration, I go to this lake and it always seems to deliver something special. Last night was no exception.
I also think that it is time for a new theme to freshen up this blog. I hope you like my choice which is Hero.
Sunset at Lake Colac
Sunset at Lake Colac #2
Dusk at Lake Colac – The view looking north over the lake as the sun set in the west
Dusk at Lake Colac #2 – Looking north-west