Freckled Ducks and others at Lake Lorne

Subject: Freckled Ducks and others at Lake Lorne
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 00:25:15 +1000
Hi all

I had quick visit to Lake Lorne at Drysdale (near Geelong) yesterday afternoon 
(Mon 8 April) at about 4pm.  The Freckled Ducks were less conspicuous, and I 
couldn't find any in the water at first. After a while a large flotilla drifted 
out from behind one of the islands.  I counted 22 in the water, and at least 
another 27 roosting close to the water on rocks and trees on a couple of the 
largest islands.

I saw one male Blue-billed Duck (they're usually here) and at least 6 
Australian Shovelers (4 males).  There were reasonable numbers of Hardhead, 
Aust Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Chestnut and Grey Teal, and Black Swan.  I 
didn't try to count these or  Moorhen, Swamphen and Coots, but the last of 
these were prominent on all parts of the lake - there would have been several 

Both Hoary-headed and Australasian Grebes were present in small numbers, and 
there were a few Black-fronted Dotterel, plus the usual swallows, martins,  
cormorants, ibis, etc.

I still have to pinch myself when I see all these Freckled Duck  - I saw my 
first one ever just last year, so it has been marvellous to have them at a such 
an accessible spot.   I think they must know it's Duck Shooting Season out in 
the "real" world ....

Russell Woodford
Sacred Heart College Geelong

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