Radjah Shelduck in SEQ

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Subject: Radjah Shelduck in SEQ
From: Barry Davies <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 07:38:23 +1000
American birder Jack Cochrane and I had a fascinating days birding on the Gold Coast and Hinterland yesterday when we saw 120spp, a one day record for me. It was all the more remarkable because of the large number of common species we didn't see, or in the case of a group of waders at Coombabah, couldn't identify because they were too far away, and because we had to dodge showers all day. The most surprising sightings were 2 ducks, a Radjah Shelduck at Nindooinbah Dam at Beaudesert, about an hour west of the Gold Coast, and a male Blue-billed Duck at a pond on Neilson's Rd in Carrara, in the heart of the Gold Coast. It was the first time I have seen either of these species in South-east Qld. My thanks to Jack for his sharp eye and especially for the Blue-bill which he spotted very late in the day.

Barry Davies
Gondwana Guides,
Beechmont, Qld


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