Unusual breeding habits of an Australian Wood Duck?

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Subject: Unusual breeding habits of an Australian Wood Duck?
From: Lindell <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:09:15 +1000
This morning in the fog on the Federal GC practice facility an Aus Wood Duck was intently guarding an egg she had just laid here. The male duck was not far away and appeared to be somewhat interested. The female appeared to have a broken leg.
Can anyone suppose what may have happened to warrant this behaviour? 

Checked the area 4 or so hours later and ducks and egg had gone. 
Apologies for a foggy phone photo.
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