Aberrent Hardhead or Hybrid?

To: <>, "Hunter, Alexander" <>
Subject: Aberrent Hardhead or Hybrid?
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:56:26 +1000
     Hi All.
      The news that walking four km. a day slows the onset of Alzheimer's
Disease has resulted in a flurry of  footwork in Mulgoa Valley, with plenty
of bird sightings.

       This morning there was a pair of Hardheads with three ducklings on
the corner dam, the drake normal but the duck very white below with a white
splotch on the right hindwing, otherwise a Hardhead. The three ducklings
were bunched together on an adjacent emergent branch, appeared 'streaky' but
what do the normally look like anyway. The duck looked like a hybrid, do
Hardheads commonly hybridise with domestic ducks?

          Two Grey Teal, Black Duck and Wood Ducks. Little Pied Cormorants
feeding advanced young on stick nests in willows over the dam, Moorhens,
Coots and Australasian Grebes on the water.
       Up the hill, despite extensive fire-break clearing of undergrowth,
Rufous Whistlers, Crested Shrike-tits, Satin Bowerbirds, Eastern Whipbird,
GERYGONE, a few Superb Blue Wrens and Red-Browed and Double-barred Finches.
Miners the only Honeyeaters up to 7 am
         In the Valley, SCARLET HONEYEATERs, Long-billed Corellas, Galahs,
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Red-rumped Parrakeets and Eastern Rosellas. Koels
and Channel-billed Cuckoos calling, also Reed-warblers. Crested Pigeons and
Peaceful Doves around the cocky cage, and a Sparrowhawk swooping onto a
hapless Double-bar; they move very fast.


Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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