Lane Cove National Park #1: Waterfowl

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

 

These are photos from a day out at the Lane Cove National Park. It’s a lovely place for a picnic and a bit of wildlife stalking. 🙂

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

I actually saw a pair of dusky moorhens step onto the bank and copulate. It all happened too fast to redirect the camera from the water dragons I was photographing. Eh, too bad.

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

 

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

An aggressive Dusky moorhen chases another

An aggressive Dusky moorhen chases another

What do you call a dusky moorhen when it is a male? A moorcock?

An aggressive Dusky moorhen chases another

An aggressive Dusky moorhen chases another

Making an escape

Making an escape

Please help me identify these ducks

Please help me identify these ducks

I haven’t been able to find these ducks on any of the Australian native bird pages I’ve researched so far. Could they be descended from escaped domestic fowl? Please leave a comment if you know what they are.

Please help me identify these ducks

Please help me identify these ducks

 

The Lane Cove River, upstream of the weir

The Lane Cove River, upstream of the weir

 

 

Lane Cove National Park #2: Laughing kookaburra
Lane Cove National Park #3: Land creatures

Date: 25 October 2014
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Sunny
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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One Response to Lane Cove National Park #1: Waterfowl

  1. mccnmatt says:

    I like the pics – the moorhen with a perforated head (in reflection) is especially nifty. Can’t help with the ducks I’m afraid. The twentieth century history of Lane Cove river is interesting – we walked through an area that was a pleasure garden with its own ferry service on a trip there a while back. It made me wish we had more of those old ferries still going!

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