Thoughts on nest/egg ID

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Subject: Thoughts on nest/egg ID
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:59:08 +1100
Good morning

A neighbour has sought my advice about the identity of a nest with eggs which he discovered after slashing some head high Phalaris.  I have been unable to suggest anything (my one thought was Pacific Black Duck but these eggs are not the correct colour). As far as is known there are no feral chooks on the property. 

A cropped copy of an image taken by the neighbour is attached and here are some details and I would welcome any suggestions.

Site: in head high Phalaris on a ridge, about 50m from a residence and 400m from the nearest water (a farm dam).
Eggs: 2  About the size of a chook egg (we think ruling out quail and plovers) and light brown in colour.
Nest:  definitely a shaped “bowl” in the ground about the size of a man’s cupped hand.



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