Mt Annan Freckled Ducks still there

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Subject: Mt Annan Freckled Ducks still there
From: Timothy Hyde <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 16:15:40 +1100
The Freckled ducks are still 
at Mount Annan Botanical Gardens,
latest sighting  1pm Friday 25th Jan.

The ducks have been there for a week and we 
( Jill Dark, Lynda Holmes and myself) 
saw them for extended periods this morning.

They were in the upper of the two lakes, 
Lake Fitzpatrick and very easily found 
and observed from the pathway.

Interestingly, turning around to view the other lake 
gave us sightings of a Rat, a Mole, a Weasel and a Toad.

The ducks seemed not to care 
that they were sharing their lakes
with a school holiday production of Wind in the Willows,
but birders planning to visit tomorrow should be aware
there are Aussie Day celebrations planned, 
complete with a bush band.

Who knows what effect 
a little flag-waving patriotic fervour 
will have on the ducks and they may be  
thinking about finding another "safe haven"
or at least keeping their heads down.

But well worth the trip
for a chance to see these great birds
and nice to find the Rangers at Mt Annan 
well aware of them.

Timothy Hyde
Blue Mountains  /  Capertee Valley
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