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Old Aug 24, 2010, 5:49 AM   #1
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It's been raining consistently across the state during August and so we decided to see how the lagoons of the New England were fairing [well, those that are open to the public and close enough to us for a day trip]. First stop was the Mother of Ducks Lagoon at Guyra. It's beginning to fill and on this very wintry day there was little wildlife - just a few ducks and a cormorant offered photo opportunities ...

While I was taking pics of those on land from the first shelter ...

#1 a Wood Duck hen and two Pacific Black Ducks

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#2 a wood Duck drake

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# 3 Mark caught these two Pacific Black Ducks on the water [Nikon D3000, Tamron 70 - 300 mm lens, 1/800 s, f5.6]

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Further along we came to this Cormorant sitting looking rather forlorn on the railings of the next shelter.

# 4 Taken by Mark [Nikon D3000, Tamron 70 - 300 mm lens, 1/250s, F5.6]

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With the wind chill below zero I could empathise with him!

Hopefully the rain will continue and Mother of Ducks will fill to overflowing for the warmer weather and a welcome influx of waterfowl.

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Your cormorants are beautiful, differently colored than ours, ours is black straight through. I wondered, confusedly until I looked at your profile, at your comment about it being cold in August?! Then saw you are in Australia...LOL



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Your cormorants are beautiful, differently colored than ours, ours is black straight through. I wondered, confusedly until I looked at your profile, at your comment about it being cold in August?! Then saw you are in Australia...LOL
Thank you lisalonewolf for stopping by and offering a comment. We have black cormorants as well as pied (black and white). This one is apparently a Little Pied Cormorant [Phalacrocorax melanoleucas] from what I could see in our "Field Guide to the Birds of Australia"

Cold is right. We heard on the radio that it snowed in Guyra this morning (Thursday) and there could be more overnight. and just think - Spring starts officially next Wednesday!

Glad you liked the cormorant.

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Nice shots, Bernice!
Your wood ducks are also very different than ours.
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Thank you Goldwinger. Yes, I've noticed that your wild ducks seem to be more colourful. Glad you liked the shots.

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