Further to my report, I have put some images on my pbase site for anyone
interested in having a look.
I've also updated my Musk Duck gallery with some new images from 2011 replacing
some ordinary ones i had there before.
On 05/01/2012, at 9:06 PM, David Stowe wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just got back from a quick family holiday to Forbes and Orange (2 nights at
> each spot) to visit friends and try to photograph Freckled Ducks. Best news
> was that there were at least 18 Freckleds at Gum Swamp (quite possibly 20 but
> a couple were a bit out of range and hidden so don't want to count them).
> There might easily have been more thoughout the swamp as these were all in
> fairly close proximity to each other just west of the hide close to the shore
> in an area without reeds.
> I was able to get out there on 3 occasions (sunday afternoon 1st Jan, Monday
> dawn and Monday sunset), and managed a few images that i was happy with
> although they were still pretty skittish even with alot of patience and a bag
> hide over me. Summer had definitely arrived with temps in mid/high 30's while
> we were there. Mozzies were abundant to say the least and there were also
> heaps of other ducks - Pink-eared, Blue-billed, Shoveler, Grey Teal, Pacific
> Black Duck, Wood Duck, Aussie and Hoary-headed Grebe etc.
> Raptor highlight was a Peregrine whizzing through at dusk putting up a flock
> of Glossy Ibis.
> I didn't bother with the inflatable boat in the end as they were quite close
> to shore and i think it would have been more disruptive than helpful.
> A couple i was chatting to while out there had seen 5 Superb Parrots just
> west of the levy bank on the western edge not long before i got there but i
> didn't see them again. I did see a flock coming out of Cudal on the drive out
> there though.
> All in all a great trip and the air conditioned cabin on the river at the
> riverside caravan park in Forbes was great.
> When i get some images processed i will share a link.
> David Stowe
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