Tuesday, March 04, 2008


Behind the Halls of Residence at Monash University, there are eight acres of land with a three acre lake. This is the Jock Marshall Reserve established by Monash's foundation chair of Zoology and Comparative Physiology. This area has been redeveloped to restore the habitats and wetland for research into freshwater ecology, equatic ecosystems and hydrology. The image below is the lake with the sampling piers.

No squealing, you'll frighten the ducklings. I did enough of that when I opened the email from tortoise. They are so cute. Ahem...this is a serious blog. Don't click the image, you'll want to pick them up, really cute.
Thank you tortoise for sending them. They're actually hanging around the back of the Synchrotron where they've colonised the pond and according to tortoise, they like to lick the insects from the Synchrotron windows. So there you are, value for money on the inside and a healthy ecosystem for ducks on the outside.

I don't know how you carnivores can eat them. Cute, fluffy, sweet and they're just so pick-upable.


Brian Hughes said...

All those stray quarks have grown up into quacks.

Andrew said...

The little ones would be sweeter and tastier.

JahTeh said...

Lovely weather for quackers in your neck of the woods, Lord Hughes. The sheep will be beating down the doors anytime soon. Have you seen that NZ film about the man-eating sheep? Very gory and very NZ.

Andrew, keep the appetite for all that good pommy food, Haggis, Black Pudding, fish fingers and washed down with warm beer.

phil said...

Ducks travelling at just below the speed of light.

Victoria, it's all happening.

Brian Hughes said...


The sheep are always beating the doors down round here...usually in an attempt to get out.

Ozfemme said...

Ducks have tongues?

JahTeh said...

You just can't handle it can you Phil, a synchrotron and ducks. And it's all ours, *cue mad laughter*.

Good question Bella, I've been trying to find out but I'd say they scrape the windows with their beaks. Larks have tongues. I should check that with our antiquarian expert on Roman feasts.

Fleetwood, do ducks have tongues?

Morgana said...

Appropriate post, this quack is back yoohoo!......missed all the other quacks too much.
especially the quack in the hat with the broomstick and lovely raven hair!

Go the educated duckies!

Lord Sedgwick said...

Ducks and orange sauce.

One of God's (if he existed) inspired combos.

"The sheep are always beating the doors down round here...usually in an attempt to get out."

So you've got New Zealandish boarders at Jone's's's's Lane then Broyan?

Brian Hughes said...


'Jones' is, of course, a Welsh name and whilst the New Zealanders are renowned for their 'breaking and entering', the Welsh are even more renowned for doing it in wellies.


All birds have tongues as far as I'm aware, otherwise they'd have problems eating and drinking. The unique feature about ducks, however, is that their quacks are incapable of echoing, even in a cavern.

At least that's the tale. Whether it's just a myth or not I couldn't say, never having taken a duck into a cavern to find out.

Lord Sedgwick said...

"the Welsh are even more renowned for doing it in wellies."

So they don't even need sheep?! I blame Harry Caecum.

phil said...

Next there'll be ducks in the Grand Prix. That's if they don't stop racing (at just below the speed of light) and take a paddle in Albert Lake.

"Victoria: duck or you'll miss it!!!"

Please, that's enough applause.

JahTeh said...

Phil dear, stop drinking the flood waters.

Fleetwood, do you know how hard it is to google duck/cavern/echo? I need the bwca to do this one.

JahTeh said...

Lord Sedgwick, stop ducking around.

Anonymous said...

of course ducks have tongues. aren't you guys meant to be scientists?

Lord Sedgwick said...

We thought that was 'larks' not 'ducks'. Well last time we were chewing on the fatted calf with Lord Hughes at the Windsor it was a lark's tongue entree. (Though there were some present who were GM fanatics who insisted they were otter's tails.)

JahTeh said...

Tortoise, I'm a vegetarian, I've never thought to look in a duck's mouth/beak. I'm going to have to find a duck now and do some very close observation.
Don't try getting me to look at photos of Peking Duck either, Sedgwick.