Re: Information & ID of a Duck?

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: Information & ID of a Duck?
From: Alison <>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2018 04:08:31 +0000

You are probably aware that there have been Mallards and what look like various cross-breeds on Lake Ginninderra for several years. While I haven’t seen any ducklings (not visiting often in Summer in past years), there does seem to be an increasing number of cross-bred birds with different colourings over the past few years.


Photos from 2008 and 2016 show the different colourations over the years.


Sorry, this didn’t go through earlier due to file size. I have removed one photo from 2008.





From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 11 May 2018 4:58 PM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Re: Information & ID of a Duck?


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


From: Christine
Sent: Friday, 11 May 2018 12:10 PM
To: COG chatline
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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