Ugly ducklings seldom transform as sexy swans. But sodden bird above will, fate willing, one day be a wonderful Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata).
Might be asking a lot of fate for all 20-plus in this mob on the main Tyto lagoon yesterday to reach maturity. Hard, too, to keep track of them as pink lotus takes over much of the lagoon. Do my best.
Did my best to capture this female Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) as she flew with shrill calls from scleria and crossed the lagoon in front of me the other day. Missed - as Max Smart would say - by just 'that' much.
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