I live just around the corner from the Blackheath duck pond, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. I’ve developed a special relationship with the Australian wood ducks who live there. They are so good natured and engaging. It occurred to me that they must get a little bored just swimming about and eating grass in Memorial Park. What about a few acrobatics?
My first choice as a pupil was a young male….full of bravado.
OK, Daniel, let’s try balancing on one leg. Dear me, it took a while for him to get the idea. Eyes to the front please.
Right, let’s ‘up the ante’ and try a triple act.
Another two recruits were brought in and after just a week or two they were performance ready. The newbies were both female (Lucy and Linda) , which might explain their remarkable aptitude.
Let’s have a bit of fun. Ladies, move exactly one metre away from Daniel please. That’s it…great.
Now on the count of three, all stand on one leg. ‘One, two three!’
Oh my goodness, it worked! Next trick….
One, two, three…‘Fly away’.
OK, let’s try some synchronized movement. You can take a break Daniel, I’m not at all sure you have the talent. Instead, we’ll have three little maids this time; Linda, Lucy and Penelope-Jane. Standing perfectly still….
Head tuck to the left!
Take a bow;
Wasn’t that something?? Bring on the Tokyo Olympics.
The diving was a bit of a disaster considering volunteer Lucy is a duck, but she tried hard;
Daniel….make like a football (surely he can cope with this) Deep head tuck required;
An ethereal finale from Lucy;
Pity I hadn’t started all this a bit earlier. We could have performed in the Spiegaltent at The Sydney Festival. Never mind, let’s look towards the Royal Easter Show.
Hang on…we have some youngers on the scene. They look as if they have the right attitude;
Poor Daniel may be an exception, but wood ducks do have athletic ability in their genes. When they are barely a day old the babies have to make a flying leap to the ground from their nest hollow high in a tree. To watch them, CLICK HERE.