wood duck with ducklings
Wood duck, Chenonetta jubata, with ducklings IMG 3025 - Wood ducks are a species that’s widespread in Australia, although they’re not found in the far northern areas of the continent or in the most arid inland regions. And although they’re quite at home in urban parks that offer them adequate sources of food and water, their diverse range of habitats includes grasslands and woodlands that are adjacent to lakes and waterways, wetlands, calm coastal inlets, and farm dams.
Wood ducks, which form monogamous pairs, nest in hollows in trees or fallen logs that are close to water, and when they proudly parade across a grassy riverbank with their gaggle of fluffy ducklings in tow, only those with a heart of stone could fail to utter sounds of delight as the family waddles by.
This group of ducklings with their attentive mother were photographed at the botanic gardens in the Queensland city of Bundaberg.