This post is for the Camera Critter MemeTrip Part 7
This post really should have been added in to Part 4 of our New Zealand trip. I was going to omit it entirely but looked back at my photos and decided they were too interesting to just leave out.
Mirror Lakes are on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound. They are only a few steps off the road and there is a well-made board walk along the water's edge. On a clear and still day the reflections in these little lakes are said to be very beautiful. However, the day we were there it was raining most of the time and grey. Only the parts sheltered from the breeze reflected back the close vegetation but the colors of the water and the vegetation were very beautiful.
There were numbers of ducks on the water. (If I am wrong with these ID's will some New Zealander correct me please!) This is commonly known as a Grey Duck and is a sub-species of the Pacific Black Duck which we have in Australia. It's Maori name is Parera. Unfortunately it is listed as threatened because of loss of habitat and competition from introduced Mallards. Mallards also interbreed with these ducks and the Mallards are dominant.
This is a diving duck - the New Zealand Scaup. It's Maori name is Papango and it is sometimes called a Black Teal. I had a hard time getting a good photo and pose - every time I thought I had one nicely arranged in my view finder it dived out of sight!