I think I have encountered it, ladies and gentlemen. My spirit animal. And what type of animal is it? Is it a dingo, a blue whale, a rare bird or a raw prawn? Well no. It is a duck. A very common native duck.
We have a well-known wetland over the other side of town that I had never visited before. Despite expressing an interest in doing so, my ecologist son assured me that most of the waterbirds there would also be on our side of town, so there would be no point in trekking over there (a mere 20 minutes by car). Anyway, for various reasons, my True Love and I happened to find ourselves out that way one day, so we popped in to have a look. Then, I saw it. The Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
The Grey Teal is a smallish grey-brown duck that is widespread across Australia. It is also a great traveler and will fly vast distances in search of hospitable waters. They have spread to New Zealand, New Guinea, Indonesia and sub-antarctic Macquarie Island. No wonder I like them. Such resourceful little ducks.
Grey Teals are hunted for sport in Australia’s duck-shooting season. It may come as no surprise to you, ladies and gentlemen, that I am not a fan of game shooting; for survival (food), conservation management or compassionate reasons — fine, but not for sport.
Maybe you can see the magic in this little duck too?
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