|Subject:||Freckled Duck at Forbes, NSW|
|Date:||Mon, 30 Jun 2003 15:24:05 +1000|
Just returned to Dubbo from a long drive back from central Vic.
I made a rest stop at Gum Swamp near Forbes, central NSW (a must stop for those driving the Newell Highway). There are numerous references to this wetland in the birding-aus archives, here's another probably saying almost exactly what all the others say.
Lots of ducks present including all the usual suspects - Black Duck, Wood Duck, Grey & Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Musk & Blue-billed Duck, Australasian Shoveller, Pink-eared Duck and Freckled Duck. I was only there 15 minutes and only really looked at the eastern (highway) end of the swamp. I counted 20 Freckled Duck in this small area, all of which were associating with flocks of Pink-eared Duck. Almost certainly there were more on other sections of the swamp.
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