Lotsa Freckled Ducks

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Subject: Lotsa Freckled Ducks
From: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 08:23:17 +1100
At Mildura Sewerage Pond on Thursday, 15th.  I missed these earlier this year when they left a couple of days before I got there.  This time, they have just arrived in the last few days.  Around 6 p.m. last evening I counted between 190 and 200 Freckled Duck, about 3/4 of them in one group very close to the edge from where I was observing.
Also on the (very crowded) pond were 100's of Grey & Chestnut Teal, 100's of Hardhead, more than 1000 Coots, around 150 Black Swan - some with chicks, a few Mallards and PB Ducks, three Pink-eared and a solitary Blue-billed looking a bit out of place.  Several Musk Duck also reported there this week, but I couldn't find them.
There were about 50 of the ubiquitous Black-tailed Chooks, a few Black-winged Stilts, several Whiskered Terns, Swamp Harrier, pair of Whistling Kites and a solitary (probably Great) Egret.  Also an inquisitive Brown Snake!!  I only got to scan about two thirds of the pond, missing a lot of the shallower margins, so you can extrapolate from the above figures to get indicative totals.
This is a great spot - if you can get there - Les, the caretaker, is very friendly (only cost me a six-pack of Fosters to get in!).
Bob Cook
Mildura Vic
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