Spotted Whistling Ducks - Breeding

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Subject: Spotted Whistling Ducks - Breeding
From: "Keith & Lindsay Fisher" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 08:29:57 +1000
Hi Everyone,
Michael Barnett in Weipa just sent me the following and I'm forwarding it
with his permission as I think it is of great interest.

"I've just come back from showing some visitors around the Uningan Nature
Reserve. We walked along the road beside the Awonga Point sewage treatment
plant and on the first (southern most) pond found a pair of spotted
whistling-ducks with 10-12 ducklings. It was hard to count how many exactly
even through a scope. On the water the ducklings appeared to be in similar
plumage to the adults, just smaller. Once they noticed us they walked out of
the pond and into the long grass.

We were even more surprised to find another pair with six ducklings on the
next pond. These ducklings were much younger and had the bold markings on
their head as shown in the illustrations in Simpson & Day for the
whistling-ducklings(?). Again once they noticed us the quickly disappeared".


Keith & Lindsay Fisher
PO Box 2209, Cairns
Queensland 4870 Australia

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