An interesting bit of behaviour at Jerra wetlands

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Subject: An interesting bit of behaviour at Jerra wetlands
From: "David Rees" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 18:47:56 +1100
Stoped in at Jerrabomberra wetlands on Sat morning.  It was quiet with regards to birds.  Then from one of the 'islands' in the big lake a big brown snake (2m) dropped into the water .  The ducks (mostly grey teal plus shoveler and a Pink eared Duck) noticed it and immediately moved towards it.  Then they proceeded to chase it out of the lake.  At least 10 ducks purposely swam behind the snake and 'hearded' it away - taking care to avoid the sharp end!  They chased it right across the lake with the snake making landfall just in front of the hide.  The ducks hung around for a bit by the bank then dispersed when they were sure the snake had gone.
Not seen this before!  Guess they are not keen on this potential chick eater.
David Rees
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