Ducking for the covers

To: 'John Layton' <>, 'Canberra birds' <>
Subject: Ducking for the covers
From: Alison Rowell <>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2022 07:24:52 +0000

Grebes also make this mistake with wet surfaces, but unfortunately can’t take off from the ground and get stranded.

Alison R


From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of John Layton via Canberrabirds
Sent: Thursday, 10 March 2022 6:06 PM
To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Ducking for the covers


Just an amusing little birding incident I witnessed at the Holt Playing Fields two Saturday mornings ago. Ground staff had placed covers over the wicket which were gleaming white under bright overcast and drizzle. Suddenly two Pacific Black Ducks glissaded down towards the covers, seemingly they’d mistaken the rain slickened material for a welcoming strip of water amid the manicured green sward. Immediately the leading duck’s feet touched down it shot skywards again while its mate, following about 6 metres above, arched its wings and seemed to hang in mid-air ambivalence for an instant before following the other upstairs.


John Layton


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