Freckled Duck

To: "Knight, Joy L" <>
Subject: Freckled Duck
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 15:20:01 +1000
Many thanks Joy

Today (Monday) two male Freckled Ducks were there at Edithvale
Wetlands from c1215 to 1430 (when I left).  

Easily seen - but not easily identified - from the viewing
platform (always open) near the hide (open Sat and Sun 1-5pm).
They were resting in shallow water about 50m SE of the hide and
for almost all the time looked rather like round buffish-grey
balloons with a grey triangle (or bump with a little point)
projecting at 11 o'clock.

When I first saw them I thought they might be resting shovellers
or.. and went along the north side of the wetlands. Gorgeous
Flame Robin and Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo in the sunshine of this
20C day. And about 25 Blue-billed Duck in a interesting range of
plumages (eg. males in transitional plumage with greeny-grey

On my return to the hide area the Freckled Ducks preened for a
while and were disturbed by other birds. So I saw features like
the very short folded wings relative to total length, amazing
long thin (spatulate?) bill with pinkish-red base (both

Michael Norris
Sometimes I twitch !

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