Re: What duck is this

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Subject: Re: What duck is this
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 15:00:12 +1000
My guess is that it is a female or eclipse male Blue-billed Duck, Oxyura australis. Which would be interesting if it was photographed on the Gold Coast. Of course, it may be an escapee in which case it could be a Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis ssp ferruginea. The bill is too long for it to be a Musk Duck and Freckled Duck bill is much more 'scooped'. Note the location of the nostrils. Most ducks seem to have the nostrils closer to the base of the bill.
The way the bird sits in the water is also similar to Blue-billed Duck.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point


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