FW: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 06:58:07 +0000

Thanks Christine.  Useful information.  I wouldn’t be surprised by local breeding within a ‘hybrid group’, which you confirm.  I wonder if pure P Black Ducks are being recruited into the pool, either as male or female. One clue is leg colour – female mallards and some hybrids will have orange/yellow legs.  PBD leg colour more dull greenish rather like that right hand hybrid.  Watch for shovelers, though.  g


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Sent: Friday, 11 May 2018 12:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?


Hi Julie,


If Geoffrey is right about it being the one from West Belconnen Pond (which I think quite likely), then this was a duckling from last summer, and I have some very very poor photos from 2nd Jan 2017, The mother was a Mallard type, probably a hybrid, and the other duck in your photos is probably one of its siblings, as the ducklings were very close for over a year, and seen together (as in Geoffrey's photo), just the 5 or 6 of them, usually a little apart from the other mallards.


A couple of years before there was a Mallard type female with 12 ducklings - 6 yellow and 6 brown, but I only saw them once as tiny ducklings, so assume they all did not make it.

So yes, the domestic "Mallards" are breeding in the wild at WBP.






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