McKellar Wetlands duck ID

To: "'Marnix Zwankhuizen'" <>, "'Stephen Bottomley'" <>
Subject: McKellar Wetlands duck ID
From: "Paul Fennell" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 20:42:26 +1100

Hi everyone


As I have driven past the McKellar wetlands a couple of times last week I thought I saw a couple of Royal Spoonbills.  Were they there too?






Paul Fennell

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From: Marnix Zwankhuizen [
Sent: Sunday, 11 February 2007 6:30 PM
To: Stephen Bottomley
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] McKellar Wetlands duck ID


Hi Stephen,


By chance I was out at McKellar Wetland this afternoon. I saw the duck you mention.

It is a domestic duck hybrid of some kind, possibly a mallard cross. There are several similar ducks on Gungahlin Pond.


There was also a Great Egret present this afternoon.





On 2/11/07, Stephen Bottomley <> wrote:

Can someone assist me in identifying a duck that I observed this morning (8.30) on the pond on the western side of William Slim Dr at McKellar?  It was generally dark brown to black, but with a white chest.  The leading edge of the primaries also seemed to be white.  The bill was dull grey.  It was slightly larger than the Black Ducks with which it was swimming, and its neck was also longer.  I can't find anything like it in my field guides.

On the shore of the pond I also saw a pair of Black-fronted Dotterels.



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