Returning summer migrants to Melbourne wetland

To: "Tim Dolby" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Returning summer migrants to Melbourne wetland
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 17:21:11 +1000
As for your last line. Well that is often right. Other answer is the female Chestnut Teal is much darker. The real mystery is why is one species sexually dimorphic and the other is not. Yet their social behaviour is apparently the same (so I'm told). That question was the subject of my "honours" year at La Trobe Uni, back in 1978, on House Sparrows and Tree Sparrows. For what it is worth, their social behaviour is not the same (as each other, I don't mean the same as the ducks' social behaviour).  
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From: Tim Dolby <>
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Date: Monday, 11 September 2000 14:51
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Returning summer migrants to Melbourne wetland

On the theme of summer migrants - I walked around Banyule Wetlands (Melbourne Sunday 10th Sept.) for the first time of the 'session'. No Crake, but did flush a single Latham's Snipe. Other birds of interest included some 'haunting' Little Grassbird, Black-fronted Dotterel, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Chestnut and Grey Teal, and numerous Australasian Grebe vigorously staking out their territory.

While at the wetlands another birdwatcher wondered up to me and asked me how I distinguished between female Chestnut Teal and Grey Teal? Easy, I said. The female Chestnut Teal is the one beside the male Chestnut Teal - very Scientific!


Tim Dolby
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