We have a duck pond on the farm. Or something like a duck pond. It’s a large hole in the ground half-full of water, covered by Azolla (a native water fern), surrounded by grasses and visited by waterbirds. It has one major fault, it doesn’t have a water flow either in or out. It really could use some more water and Frank has grand plans to run irrigation piping from the downspouts of the shed into the pond to top it up when it rains, but that’s for some future date. In the interim, the pond languishes.
But the local bird life don’t really seem to mind that their pond is only half full. Recently I found 3 different species sharing this little space: a pacific heron, a cattle egret and 2 little Australia Grey Teal ducks.
I suspect the local frog life (which is prolific) isn’t too happy about these visitors, but I like the fact that this property has so many different environments to keep a huge diversity of wildlife hanging about.