One of the many things I love about ANU is that you’re among nature. My window looks out over Black Mountain, I cycle to work each morning past rosellas and magpies (dive-bombing ones, at this time of year), and the campus is full of ducks.*
Yesterday being a particularly rainy day, the ducks were happily taking over the campus. Because of the rain, I was driving rather than cycling, and as I wove through the campus, a duck stepped out onto the road in front of the car. Seeing me screetch to a halt, its friends decided to follow. Five minutes later, with a long line of cars behind me, the final duck stepped onto the other kerb, and we proceeded on our way.
* The only other campus I know with as much wildlife is Wollongong Uni, where I did my training for admission as a lawyer. There are so many rabbits there you wonder whether their scientists are putting myxomatosis vaccine in the water.