ID help please

To: 'Murray DELAHOY' <>, 'COG Chatline' <>
Subject: ID help please
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 04:14:45 +0000

Would be a juv Aust. Shelduck. Pizzey’s book says for Imm: “duller, paler; head speckled white”. Hard to imagine any species it would hybridise with in (southern) Australia. None of the 3 main field guides show a juv. HANZAB does. What looks odd about this photo is it appears to have a mostly whitish breast.




From: Murray DELAHOY [
Sent: Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 9:29 AM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] ID help please


Dear COG chat-line,


On a recent trip to far-western NSW (near Lake Tandou) I saw a strange duck that I can’t identify - see photo below.  (I suspect it might be a shelduck hybrid .. maybe).   In flight, bright white leading edges to the wings were obvious.  It was puddling around in the shallows on an irrigation pond/channel.  I had the impression that it had long legs.


Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.


kind regards,

Murray Delahoy










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