I was anticipating lots of wonderful birdlife, but it was not to be. Just as well, as I was far too lazy to play with camera settings. I packed both lens, the tripod, and the Nikon D3000 for Dummies book. I intended to learn something. My holiday time seemed segmented between toilet visits and mealtimes. We had mobile internet, but I could not be bothered.

Anyway, we had a few ducks. I have a million photos of these ducks.  🙂

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I discovered that they are Pacific Black Ducks, closely related to the Mallard. In fact, they will interbreed with the Mallard should they be introduced into the same habitat.

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Wikipedia says …

The Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa) is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. It is usually called the grey duck in New Zealand, where it is also known by its Maori name, pārera.

A very sociable duck. They were wary, but not scared of us.

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No, we didn’t feed them much, having just the one bread-throwing session where I should have been practicing my birds in flight photo technique.

These next ones are my favourites…

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So, I did learn something after all – what the Pacific Black Duck looks like.

Thanks for looking. I hope you are having, or had, a great weekend.

🙂

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2 thoughts on “Pacific Black Duck

    • All my shots are handheld, Maggie, apart from the odd rest on a fence post. I recently purchased a very lightweight ‘travel’ tripod from eBay. I attached my camera and was surprised how sturdy it all was but haven’t used it yet. It’s for when I learn to pre-focus a spot to capture fast moving birds with a bit of crispness – one day. 🙂 Thanks for your interest, Maggie.

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