This post is for World Bird WednesdayI spend most of my time on and around the bay so don't see very much of the birds that are just a few kilometers inland. I mentioned to friends in Gympie that I would like to get some more photos of ducks and any other waterbirds that were around - and the result was a couple of trips into Gympie just to photograph birds. (Thanks Neil and Kel.) The first day the weather was grey, overcast and drizzly so a second day with blue skies and sunshine was necessary. We only went to ponds and farm dams close in to Gympie but I saw and photographed one new duck and got better photos of two other birds.
The ducks which I had not seen before were Hardheads (Aythya australis) and we saw these both days on the ponds right in Gympie. These ducks are diving ducks and it's a a bit of a surprise to get all ready to take a photo only to have the bird disappear under water. The male has white eyes and the female dark eyes.
These next photos were taken on a farm dam also right in Gympie on the by-pass road out to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.
Magpie Geese (Anseranas semipalmata) are common in tropical wetlands but we do see them quite often down here in the SE of Queensland. The still water made great reflections.
I saw Plumed Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna eytoni) when I took a trip out to western Queensland a couple of years ago but didn't get close enough for good photos. These ones had become used to people around them and I got much better photos than I did then. As their name suggests - not all ducks "quack"! These ones "whistle"!