duck day out

To: birdingaus <>
Subject: duck day out
From: John Boyce <>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 09:48:33 +1000
Hi everyone,
I went down to Western Treatment Plant yesterday to see the male
Northern Shoveller and found it without too much effort.  I was really
impressed with the numbers and diversity of ducks on Lake Borrie. 
Within a few hundred metres there were 10 species of duck

Blue-billed Duck
Musk Duck
Australian Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Shoveler (1000s)
Northern Shoveller (1)
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pink-eared Duck (10s of 1000s?)

I missed the Freckled Ducks yesterday which have been around and I also
missed Wood Duck so you could potentially get 12 ducks very close
together.  So has anyone seen 12 ducks in a day in Victoria or anywhere
else in Australia?  What is the best Duck twitch for a day?

Also of interest at Werribee was a Peregrine hunting over lake Borrie
and 3 Whistling Kites getting very agitated fighting over what I think
was a coot.  The Kites were fighting for it in the air as well as
harassing the winner on the ground.
I stopped in at Pt. Cook on the way back to Melbourne and saw quite a
number of Brown Quail, one Spotted crake and an adult and immature
Pallid Cuckoo.  The immature cuckoo was begging for food from the adult
cuckoo by making a really weird noise a bit like a single grating frog
croak which was quite loud.  Surprising to me also that an adult cuckoo
was feeding a young one.  
There is certainly a bit of breeding going on with the young cuckoo, a
very young (maybe only first day out of nest) white-browed scrubwren and
some fluffball masked Lapwings around.

Best Wishes 
John Boyce

John Boyce
Department of Microbiology
Monash University
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