Freckled Ducks

To: "'Valentine, Peter'" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Freckled Ducks
From: "Chris Baxter" <>
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 17:58:15 +0930
Hi Peter and All

Good one Peter, nice to hear back from you. Pity HANZAB missed the Kangaroo
Island records and yes it probably was because of timing-both KI bird Book
and HANZAB being published close together. I am staggered at the reported
10,000 in Currawinya NP-seeing 2800 together was fantastic let alone 10K of


Chris Baxter

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 On Behalf Of Valentine,
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:15 PM
To: Shirley Cook
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Subject: Freckled Ducks

I am very happy to be corrected. Chris - I have that splendid little
Kangaroo Island publication on my shelves and did not think to check it.
HANZAB gives a single example of a concentration at one lake but also
overlooks the Kangaroo Island records (perhaps because it was published at
around the same time, my copy of your Annotated List says it was first
published in 1989 and Volume 1 of HANZAB was first published in 1990, and
that was long before Eremaea). The examples of other excellent
concentrations from SA (thanks Bob) and elsewhere may be cause for
celebration - perhaps the species is recovering numbers since protection? I
have to say I am astonished by the Currawinya estimate that Shirley points
out. That might have been 50% of the total population (HANZAB gives 19,000).
It must have been amazing to see that flock. Thanks for the feedback. I am
still excited at the discovery of such a large number in northern Queensland
having been more used to thinking of a singleton
  or a few at a time as a special treat and even in southern Australia not
necessarily in big numbers.


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On 12/05/2013, at 11:29 AM, Shirley Cook <>

> Dear all,
> This is not the greatest concentration of Freckled Ducks recorded in
Australia.  An estimated 10,000 Freckled Ducks in a very conpact mass was
seen on one of the lakes in Curawinya National Park in the
mid-nineteen-nineties.  This sighting was written up in a paper "Birds of
Currawinya National Park", published in Sunbird, Vol. 25, 1995.
> Regards
> Shirley Cook

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