Re Spotted Whistling Ducks

Subject: Re Spotted Whistling Ducks
From: "Mike Tarburton" <>
Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2000 21:51:52 +1000
Dear Klaus, Brenda, Vella, and any other Duck fans.

It may be that Spotted Whistling Ducks are on the increase or at least on
the move.  One day two months ago we had 11 visit our campus while Phil was
here with his PNG bird tour group.  Since then I have been able to see 1-6
most days I have looked on the sewerage ponds or in the trees around the
sewerage ponds.  They are not common even on coastal swamps in this part of
PNG, and they used to be an attraction to this campus years ago, though this
is the first time I have seen them on campus in 3 years.

Another interesting bit of behaviour is that almost always there is a lone
Grey Teal perched in the trees within half a metre of one or two of the
Whistling Ducks.  I do not recall seeing this very often in Australia.

Happy birding


Dr Mike Tarburton
Assoc Prof Biology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB  Boroko
Papua New Guinea

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