Most people come to Queenstown for adventure.
I tend to enjoy the scenery and birds that I can’t find nearer to home. Yesterday I hoped to find crested grebes, but was unsuccessful. Nevertheless, around Lake Hayes I found New Zealand scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) or papango.
Further round the lake, I found some ducklings. A little different to the mallard ducklings I have seen elsewhere. Then I saw the mother and realised that they were paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata).
The lake was not its usual mirror-like self and there was a distinct chop causing waves to slop on the shore. The little ducklings seemed undeterred by the “surf” and launched themselves onto the lake.
That’s all for today.