My World.: 14 .
We stopped for a picnic beside a small river mouth and found this unknown lady who was camping there. (This lady was happy for me to photograph her). She was feeding this family of Paradise ducks, wild birds, really wild, not town birds used to people, I was so surprised to see that she could feed them by hand, the ducks happily took bread from her fingers and allowed her to stroke their feathers.
Paradise Shelducks are endemic, native to New Zealand, and are quite common, they are larger than the average duck almost the size of a goose, they don't quack but make a honking zonk zonk noise that is very loud. Males are predominantly black with a metallic sheen on the head, while females have a snowy white head and a dark back with rusty brown undersides, they also have some blue and brown and white feathers near there tail , juvenile females only slowly get the white head, these young female birds are just starting to grow the white feathers. Mother Paradise duck had 9 nearly full grown ducklings with her, Father was near by but didn't join in for the feed.
This is my latest posting for the My World meme . It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar,Sandy, Wren, Louise and fishing guy. Here is part of 'My World'. http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/