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Australian Shelducks

Posted Friday 11th June 2010 at 10:16 by Francis Duggan
Out of the breeding Season to moult on shallow lakes they congregate
The female though pretty not so as her handsome mate
With dark brown on chest and mostly darkish
And with white ring around either eye
With her ever devoted mate to her nearby,
The handsome male with white ring around neck, dark head and uppers and breast of chestnut brown
Birds I've yet to see on lake in a park of a town
Australian shelduck or mountain duck or chestnut breasted shelduck are names they are known by
Waterbirds familiar in appearance and in their honking cry
At nesting time from June to October the female she does lay
Five to fourteen cream coloured eggs high on hollow branch from view hidden away
Of human kind they display a very healthy fear
And they will quickly take to the sky if to them you venture near
They pair until one of them do die the experts on their behaviour say
Birds who frequent lakes and water dams that I do not see every day.
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