birding-aus Lake Claredon / Albino swans

Subject: birding-aus Lake Claredon / Albino swans
From: Laurence and Leanne Knight <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 17:56:02 +1000
I had a look round Lk Claredon today to see if the freckled ducks
reported in previous posts were still there.  Plenty of water fowl, but
very little if any which vaguely resembled freckled ducks [a few dark
ducks in the distance but would need a telescope to make a call].

There were hundreds of coots, PB ducks, maned ducks, hard heads, Oz
teal, black swans [a few had cygnets in tow] and Oz shovellers.  Also a
few royal spoonbills, hundreds of cormorants [heaps of little blacks
nesting in the dead trees] and numerous black-winged stilts and black
fronted plovers.  Also a jabiru, a few weeros, the odd family of grey
crowned babblers, a pale headed rosella, and sundry pipits, egrets,
butcherbirds etc.

A nearby dam had a large flock of plumed whistling ducks and another dam
near the end of the Lk Claredon way [close to intersection of Gatton -
Esk road] in addition to the usual suspects there were some pink-eared
ducks, cc jacanas and a pair of albino swans -  there were a dozen or so
black swans there, two of which were snow white, with the exception of
red bills and pink legs.  Couldn't see their eyes that well, but they
were clearly not mute swans.  How common is albinism in black swans?

Regards, Laurie.
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