Northern Pintail at Erskine Lakes - again

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Subject: Northern Pintail at Erskine Lakes - again
From: John Graff <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:16:12 +0800
Hi all,

Mark Newman reports that a female Northern Pintail was present today at Erskine 
Lakes (presumably the same bird as was seen last year). It was on the second, 
smaller lake in the park. See below...

Note that there was a good deal of confusion after the last sightings of the 
pintail because of a pale domestic duck (which was still a week or so ago) 
which a number of people thought may have been the pintail. 


"Alot of cormormants & waterfowl there today & as i walked around the 1st 
larger lake i  got the Glossy Ibis, Common Sandpiper, Juv White Bellied Sea 
Eagle & two Male Chestnut Teals,a new one has arrived & hasn’t started its 
moult at all.
Thought i would try my luck at the smaller 2nd lake to see if i could get any 
crakes with the water being lower. Walked across the park & popped out after 
the reeds on that patch that has the grass all the way to the water. Bizarrely 
the ducks there were all huddled around a dead black swan being picked to bits 
by Ravens. A Duck on the outer swam into the shallows & i noticed how different 
it was. It did a quick U turn & came back to shore waking along the edge back 
to the huddle. It was the Female Northern Pintail. It was as flighty & was more 
social. Watched it for a good 15 mins sitting on the edge between the lawn & 
the water. Still there when i left at 2."                                     

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