Bob and Trish <>
Peter Shute <>
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:11:43 +1000
So why the sudden increase in numbers? I assume they've bred successfully in
the last couple of years in the good conditions, and that they couldn't for
about ten years before that because of the drought.
What happened before that for them to be scarce for 30 years? Surely there were
good breeding conditions in that time.
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On 28/07/2013, at 5:50 PM, "Bob and Trish" <> wrote:
> Yesterday at the Goolwa Ponds South of Adelaide, there were approx 45
> Freckled Duck, one blue-billed, three pink-eared plus a few black duck and
> teal. It is the first time I have ever had a sighting where frecklies
> outnumbered all the other ducks.
> It took me 30 years of birding (in Qld & SA) before I saw my first frecklie
> (at Tununda ponds, Barossa Valley) in July 1998. I have managed to see them
> most years since then but some years it was a struggle - until recently. I
> recall reading several reports of large numbers of frecklies (one report
> reported 500 and today Adrian Boyle's amazing 1345 in Broome) in birding-aus
> recently. Thus it appears to me that frecklies have exploded in numbers in
> the last few years - certainly they now appear common in South Australia.
> Bob Sothman
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