ID help please

To: Philip Veerman <>, Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: ID help please
From: Murray DELAHOY <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 23:57:57 +0000
thanks to Geoffrey, Philip, David and Julienne for their thoughts/help with the ID.
kind regards

On 11 May 2016, at 2:14 pm, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

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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