Re: Black-necked Stork in Victoria

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Subject: Re: Black-necked Stork in Victoria
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 10:58:41 +1000
Hi Bob,
A record of the Black-necked Stork in Victoria would be very interesting if confirmed.  There have only been a few records in that state.  It is south of the usual range of the species in eastern Australia, which is presently south to the Hunter Valley, although there was a record of two birds at North Ryde (Sydney) last year.  A pair attempted to nest at Coomonderry Swamp, Nowra in the 1960's-70's.  A report in 2002 from the Illawarra turned out to be a White-necked Heron (Chris Chafer pers. comm.).  Two reports of dead Black-necked Storks recently turned out to be Pelicans.  These birds had been observed at close range and were still confused with storks - one had been collected and bagged!
It would be great if an experienced birdo could confirm this record.  If anyone lives close to the location - Tungamah, 25 km SW of Yarrawonga, it would be worth the effort to chase it up.  If it is found and is, indeed, a stork could the observer please note the age and sex.  Adults are black and white with red legs, immatures are black, brown and white with grey-brown legs and juveniles are brown and white with grey-brown legs and grey-brown down on the head and neck.  Adult males have brown eyes and females yellow eyes but immature and juvenile eyes are brown in both sexes.
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