After so much sunshine, showers have arrived, but I decided to head off to the Lagoon anyhow to see if I could see some ducklings. I did wonder where they went when it drizzled.
As I started walking, one of the first birds I saw on the grass was this Australasian coot. Strangely, I am not sure I have ever really noticed its feet before, and they seemed inordinately large.
And I had barely left this coot when I had the first answer to my wonderings about where the ducklings go when it rains: at least some of them huddle under a parent.
Not far past them I saw this group of young looking(?) females huddled together while showers fell. Maalie has since told me these are grey duck: you can check out more about them on this wonderful webpage.
Next, I discovered a coot nesting, on quite a public spot really, not too far from the water's edge.
As far as I could tell, the young didn't seem to have hatched yet.
Finally, after all that excitement, as I followed the path along the water's edge, I discovered that some ducklings stay swimming with their mother when it rains.....
As I made my way back to the car when the rain got heavier, I noticed quite a few more sedentary birds, at least some of whom were hiding their huddled young beneath them on the grass. It was something I had never really noticed before....