Every winter we have several visitors to “Le Swamp” (otherwise known as our swimming pool, but its current shade of green would discourage most human swimmers).
Two, sometimes three Pacific Black Ducks come and take up residence on the pool, enjoying our wonderful hospitality. From time to time they will wander out to the paddock for a feed, or perhaps waddle through the orchard looking for a snail or two.
Several years ago they had a brood of 6 ducklings which proceeded to occupy the pool too. Trouble was, they couldn’t get out and by the time we saw them – we’d been away – they were too exhausted to survive. We tried hand rearing several of them but without success.
While we like seeing them around, they do make a horrible mess on the paving around the pool.