Right here in Broome we observe a wide variety of geese and probably the most prolific on the Broome Poo Ponds is normally the Plumed Whistling-Duck. Certainly one of our favorite geese is the Pink-eared Duck. There are additionally Hardheads, Wandering Whistling-Geese, Gray Teal, Australian Wooden Geese and the occasional inflow of Freckled Geese or an Australian Shoveler. The opposite duck species that we observe usually is the Pacific Black Duck and this duck is without doubt one of the most versatile geese in Australia and may be present in most locations.
Pacific Black Geese lay as much as 16 eggs and generally two clutches are raised in a 12 months. Nevertheless, not all of those ducklings will survive or we’d be invaded with geese! Many fowl species have bred round Broome over latest months and the Pacific Black Geese have been no completely different. Each go to to the flooded Roebuck Plains we encountered a rising inhabitants of all fowl species together with the Pacific Black Geese.
Within the header picture the sunshine has captured the shiny inexperienced feathers within the secondary flight feathers. A number of the bigger households of Pacific Black Geese are already shrunk and by the point the younger ducklings appear to be the adults their numbers have diminished. The stripe round their eyes makes them fairly a particular duck.
Pacific Black Geese
One of many bigger households of Pacific Black Geese that we’ve noticed this 12 months seems to have been ready to make use of the culvert below the freeway as a spot to cover from predators. Typically we’d see them swim below the freeway and reappear on the opposite aspect. I’m not certain if it was actually what helped them be extra profitable, however it was an ideal escape route anyway!
Pacific Black Geese swimming below the freeway and coming out the opposite aspect!