Little Eagle, Blue-billed Duck

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Subject: Little Eagle, Blue-billed Duck
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 17:32:20 +1000
A Little Eagle was here today, a bird that we only see during the cooler
months - another piece in the autumnal jigsaw picture that is gradually
taking shape. Wedge-tailed Eagles turn up most days at present.

A bonus as we watched the Little Eagle was a high-soaring party of
White-backed Swallows that we would never have picked up had we not been
following the eagle.

Trevor and Kym Ford were here last weekend along with a US visitor, and
picked up 100+ species around the valley without putting in any
early-morning starts - well, almost without putting in any morning starts
really!  A lot of good birds in their ton, but probably the highlight was
Trevor's find at Lake Clarendon; a Blue-billed Duck, very well seen and with
a brilliant blue beak.

John Hadley reported four possible sub-adult Blue-bills at Lake Clarendon
about a month ago, swimming behind a more distant possible adult bird, but
no-one has turned any up in the interim until this new sighting of Trevor's.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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