Observations of a Musk Duck

To: Chris Loorham <>,
Subject: Observations of a Musk Duck
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:11:21 +1100
Yes, many years ago at Lake Tourourrong Reservoir,near Whittlesea.
The bird was throwing up such continuous plumes of water either side of its body that my first thought was of a water-skier, and rhythmically whistling as well. This was at about 11 a.m. (sun - time, not DST). I spotted three females watching from the reeds.
An extraordinary bird, said to be part of the Bunyip myth.

Anthea Fleming

On 5/01/2015 3:46 PM, Chris Loorham wrote:
While fishing on the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River in South West
Victoria on 2 January about 8pm. I noticed a Musk Duck swimming about 15m
away near the reeds on the bank. I have always been fascinated by this duck
and its peculiar wattles. I watched as it was making simultaneous splashes
to each side of its body. Immediately following each splash I heard a long
sharp very strong whistle.

The splashes and the whistles were so well coordinated that I concluded that
they originated from the same source. I timed the break between each whistle
and splash to be constantly about 10 seconds. The splash being made by each
leg simultaneously on each side of its body, the tail feathers would then
become erect followed by a long whistle.

The duck appeared to have its own water dance combining rhythmic body
movement and song. Each splash and whistle separated by the same timing and
body movement. I know the Musk Duck has mythological significance to the
Aboriginal people of Gippsland.

Have other people also observed the water dance of the Musk Duck?

Chris Loorham
Planning Consultant & Mediator

<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU