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.
OK, 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.
OK, 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, stand on one leg. ‘One, two three!’
Oh my goodness, it worked!
One, two, three…‘Fly away’
OK, let’s try some synchronized movement. You take a break Daniel. Lets have three little maids this time; Linda, Lucy and Penelope-Jane. Standing perfectly still….
Head tuck to the left!
Take a bow;
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)
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 next week. Never mind, let’s look towards the Royal Easter Show.
Daniel may be an exception, but wood ducks 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.