WHAT are these ducks at See Park, Grafton, waiting for?
Is Donald Duck in town?
They have been waiting for dinner, courtesy of Nerida Cotten, head chef at the Village Green Hotel.
Every day, about 4pm, Nerida or one of the other staff members, feeds the ducks with potato chips that have been left by diners at the hotel.
Of course, we all know that ducks don't have watches, but they seem to know what time it is every day, and wait patiently at the edge of the park for their daily treat.
"They don't like bread," Nerida said.
"They prefer chips, at room temperature.
"They are eating leftovers that would otherwise be wasted."
Nerida and the hotel staff have a soft spot for their feathered friends and enjoy the daily interaction with them.
But, unfortunately, this story has a sad side to it.
The ducks are living in a small park on a busy intersection in the city and Nerida said that at least one duck a week is killed on the road.
"One of the ducks nests each year in a staghorn fern in a jacaranda tree outside the bottle shop," Nerida said.
"When the ducklings are ready to leave the nest, they have to cross the road with their mother.
"One of the waitresses wrote a letter to the council, asking it to erect signs on the roads, to help to protect the ducks.
"But the council said there was no need for them."
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