The Aussie wood duck's call is a nasal type of sound
Within their range in numbers they abound
You even see them in parks of the town
The males distinctive in their grey and brown,
The brown spotted female the less colourful of the pair
within their range these water birds not rare
Near farm dams, swamp lands and Townpark lake
You see them search for food the female and her drake
In late Winter and early Spring they nest in hollow log or hole in trunk of tree
And nice to see them with their young family
In or near water in prime of the Spring
When wildflowers bloom and nesting birds chirp and sing
With four or five young in Spring their numbers multiply
These Aussie wood ducks of humans not that shy.
~ Francis Duggan
In the above photo these lovely adult wood ducks were the very proud parents of 24 ducklings whom they vigilantly protected. On the day that it poured rain (about 60ml) in Mildura (most rain in 13 years) one delightful duckling was left behind due to being saturated and just couldn't stand on his feet so we had to rescue him.
In the photo below you can see my son holding him ever so lovely and a few hours later we returned him to his family who welcomed him back with open wings.
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever"
1 Peter 1:22-25