You are watching a live cam of Chestnut Teal ducks nesting in Australia. Chestnut Teal nest in late July to January. This nest is in a man made wooden duck nest box, it’s lined in down and made with small sticks.. The female will usually leave to feed twice per day. She leaves once early in the morning and another time in the afternoon. Don’t see any eggs? It’s because she has covered them with down to protect and keep them warm while she is out.
The female duck incubates her(usually around 8) eggs for about 28 days before the little ducklings hatch. The eggs will show a pip for up to 2 days before hatching. First year hens(females) will only lay 4-5 eggs and usually don’t have nearly as much down in their nest. At all times the drake(male) will stay nearby, protecting the nest.