Definition of DY in Aust Wood Ducks [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Subject: Definition of DY in Aust Wood Ducks [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
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Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 07:31:08 +1100
Our daughters can feed themselves but they are still dependant on us to direct them where to get food i.e. the veggie garden, cupboards, fridge, freezer etc.  Also dependant on us to inform them what they won't get in trouble for taking during a raid!!!  
They are also dependant on us for protection and to teach them numerous other survival skills eg. crossing the road.
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From: martin butterfield [
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2008 6:03 AM
To: David McDonald
Cc: CanberraBirds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Definition of DY in Aust Wood Ducks

Dear Puzzled of Wamboin
If they can feed themselves are they Dependent on their parents?  If so for what?
Perahps you are using "DY" as shorthand for "BYEINSNH" or Bird Young Enough that Its Nest was Somehere NearHere?   In that case I recall that in ACT Bird Atlas (which defines 'dependent' as 'fed by parents') days ability to fly was used as an operational boundary of breeding activity.  Of course having seen ducklings walk for 500m and being well clear of the nest hollow before they started, a semanticist could look rather closely at the second 'N'.
Best regards
Helpful of Carwoola

On Jan 22, 2008 10:32 PM, David McDonald <> wrote:
But ... I do not recall having ever seen a duck feeding its young.

So how do we differentiate DY ducks from their next stage of development, when they are no longer DY so should not be reported as breeding records?

(signed) Puzzled of Wamboin

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