Possibly not such a common sight

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Subject: Possibly not such a common sight
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:41:48 +1100


From: David Cook [
Sent: Saturday, 11 February 2012 10:15 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Possibly not such a common sight


Having similarly never noticed this colour feature in Wood Ducks previously, I dived for the “Bible”, aka HANZAB, and there it is, in black and white, Vol. 1, pg 1240, viz.: “ Adult male breeding ... speculum, bright green edged white”. Who’d have thought? Nice one Robin!





Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:37 PM

Subject: [canberrabirds] Possibly not such a common sight


I've often been delighted by the brilliant flashes of colour under the wings of Pacific Black Ducks, but until this morning I'd not previously seen similar markings on an Australian Wood Duck. After filing this away, I had a quick look through the Canberra Birds Gallery, and noted no other pictures showing this feature. Accordingly it occured to me that I'm possibly not the only one who hasn't noticed this little splash of colour before ...

Australian Wood Duck
(click on thumbnail for larger image)

Regards ... Robin

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