very black duck

To: John Bundock <>
Subject: very black duck
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:31:21 +0000
I have seen a lone Musk duck on Yerrabi pond before.
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On 17 Jul 2016, at 10:01 pm, John Bundock <> wrote:

Sorry, I’d meant to put “Female musk duck?”
John Bundock
From: John Bundock  
Sent: Sunday, 17 July 2016 10:00 PM
To: 'John Harris'; 'chatline'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] very black duck
Musk duck?

John Bundock
From: John Harris  
Sent: Sunday, 17 July 2016 5:23 PM
To: chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] very black duck
There is a very black duck in Yerrabi pond.  Very black, no obvious mottling, slight teal sheen on neck and hint of teal under wing feathers. I thought maybe the American Black Duck, Anas rubripes, but the ones I have seen before were less black, like a darker version of our Pacific Black Duck. This one was swimming and taking bread with the hundreds of coots, only distinguishable from them at a distance by its larger duck size (and black bill). I am sure someone more knowledgable than me will tell me it is obviously duck X or Y, so please do!

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