Large flock of Pink-eared Ducks on Lake Ginninderra

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Subject: Large flock of Pink-eared Ducks on Lake Ginninderra
From: John Layton <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 06:07:14 +0000

Some years ago I introduced BBQ brekkies as a school holiday activity. This morning, young-twenties things decided to revise the trend before it got too cold. Jesus.


So at 09:00, McDermott Place, after everyone was fed, we noticed a large flock of birds bobbing on the water about 100 metres away towards the eastern shore. The betting started as to what they were.


“One way to find out,” I said.


“You wade out and look.”


“Quiet! There’s a better way,” I said, fetching the 10x binos. Surprisingly they turned out to be Pink-eared Ducks. I have one record from 15 years ago of such a flock at Lake Ginninderra. Other than that only sighting was of a lost-looking single specimen that used to hang out near the western end of the bridge.


John Layton



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