birding-aus pink-eared ducks and a crazy hardhead!

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From: "Eddie Ash" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 03:11:44 +1000
I was thrilled to see over a hundred pink-eared ducks on the sewerage ponds near the little village of Curlewis last week.   Curlewis is a few kilometres from Gunnedah (NW slopes and plains of NSW) on the Sydney road.   It's ages since I've seen any around here.
On a farm dam I also saw unusual behaviour from a solitary female hardhead.   She was trying to escape our attention and swam across the dam keeping her profile very low on the water with wings outspread.   At the edge she lay flat along the edge.   I've seen teal do this at times, but what I haven't seen before, was how she then proceeded to lie flat on her side with one foot up in the air, well above the water.   Was this an attempt to not look like a duck?!!!.   Needless to say, she flew off when we got too close.
Annabel Ashworth
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