Strange ducks in Broome

To: Alan Gillanders <>
Subject: Strange ducks in Broome
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2003 10:33:49 +1000
Alan Gillanders wrote:
I have seen ducks, similar to the ones you have photographed, at both Hasties Swamp and on Lake Tinaroo here on the Atherton Tableland. Some have had a forehead appearance more like that of a teal. They have been observed with Hardheads and Grey Teal but not showing any behavioural affinity ( association) with their neighbours. They were just in the same vicinity.

I couldn't see much on the photo to make a decision on - but here's a left-field alternative.  Could they be Sunda Teal or another SE Asian taxon?  The pic that I looked at today didn't have the huge bump on the forehead that I recall from Sunda Teal in Java, but .......

Lawrie Conole
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