Shelducks unlikely to nest at Lake Wendouree

NOT COMMON: Some shelducks use Wendouree's exposed mud for resting.

NOT COMMON: Some shelducks use Wendouree's exposed mud for resting.

Two mountain ducks flew from east to west across Lake Wendouree recently. They then flew back the other way. I believe they are not over common or frequent there.

F.R., Learmonth.

Australian shelducks, or mountain ducks, are not common at Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree, although there is often a pair on the central dredged islands.

They and many other waterbirds use the exposed mud for resting.

They are not often seen from the shore.

They are now beginning to pair off and move into their nesting territories, where they usually make their nests in tree hollows.

They are unlikely to nest at Lake Wendouree because of the lack of suitable large hollows, and because they prefer quieter sites.

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