Ducks and Surfing Black Swans

To: Jenny Stiles <>,
Subject: Ducks and Surfing Black Swans
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:59:54 +1100
Some years ago we saw ducks riding downstream on a strong current in one of the outlet channels at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee. Mostly Pinkears and Australian Shovelers but a few Black Ducks with them. There was no doubt in our minds that the birds were doing this for enjoyment, whizzing downstream among clouds of foam and then battling upstream, or sometimes flying, to do it again and again. This was in a channel leading seawards from the road leading east to the Borrow Pits. The tide was very low and water levels in the ponds were high, so a strong current developed. The channel was quite crowded with the birds - we made no attempt to count them at the time but in recollection there were dozens and dozens of them. I still have some print photos of the scene.
   The Black Swans in the clip also seemed to be enjoying the waves.

Anthea Fleming

On 14/12/2013 3:07 PM, Jenny Stiles wrote:
Hi list,
I thought you might enjoy this clip of Black Swans surfing! I don’t think I 
have seen Swans on the open ocean, much less enjoying the waves!

 From Jenny Stiles

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