Wood duck quacking high in a gum tree

For some reason I’ve never expected to see a duck high up a gum tree. I know they fly, but somehow I think of them as spending their lives on the ground or on the water. Walking through the bush, I’ve occasionally heard a muttering, rolling sound coming from the tree tops. Imagine my surprise when I tracked it down to this Australian Wood Duck.

Here’s a still photo of the duck:

Wood Duck quacking in a gum tree

And in profile:

Wood Duck in a gum tree

Common name: Australian Wood Duck

Scientific name: Chenonetta jubata

Approximate length: 50 cm

Date spotted: 31 July 2016

Season: Winter

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’41.1″S 151°14’54.9″E

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About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2016/07/31, in Birds, Duck and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a surprise indeed! 🙂

    • Hallo Sue
      She looks so comfortable up there. Almost as if she’s on a nest, but I don’t think ducklings would do too well up a tree. 🙂
      Cheers
      Sarah

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