birding-aus strange duck in Botanic Gardens

Subject: birding-aus strange duck in Botanic Gardens
From: Arron Davies <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 01:22:37 -0800 (PST)
Today I was at the Sydney Botanical Gardens and saw an
unusual looking duck in the the main pond below the
kiosk. It was about 2/3 the size of the grey ducks
with which it was associating, and superficially
similar to a whistling duck. It had a brown back and
cream flank plumes, underdeveloped compared to a
whistler. The rest of the field marks I don't recall. 

There is nothing in my field guide like it. I suspect
it is a cross of some sort, probably
semi-domesticated. Is anyone familiar with this bird
and know what it is ?

Incidently, the banded rail was making an appearance
near the kiosk, a little shy of the lunchtime crowds.

thanks Arron


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