Pink-eared Ducklings

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Subject: Pink-eared Ducklings
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 04:08:14 +0000
The Mullies brood is down to four. Of these one has less intense colours
than the other three and does not appear to be feeding as much as them.
The three more developed ducklings in general look like little adults now.

At least three Grey Teal ducklings seem to have survived, possibly from
the brood first observed in the early days of the Pink-eared Ducklings.
One of the parents appears to be the dark-coloured bird first reported
by Ryu. Chris Davey has informed me that the colour may be the
consequence of staining with iron oxide.

The Shelduck is still there.

Two Royal and One Yellow-billed Spoonbills were present. The latter has
at least some breeding plumage.

There are Black and Freckled ducks, Australasian Shovellers and
Pink-eared Ducks.

Great and Little Pied Cormorants.

Red-rumped Parrots and Eastern Rosellas are feeding on the ground along
the margins, along with quite a few Common Starlings. Sulphur-crested
and Galahs overhead plus a single Superb, ditto.

Australian Raven and Magpie.  Plenty of Noisy Miners. Masked Plovers in
small numbers.

Many Coot.

No raptores.

Plenty of Black-fronted Dotterel but no Red-kneed Dotterel.

The water level is receding quite quickly and there is a strong algae odour.

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