To: "Alan Morris" <>
Subject: Ducks
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 15:11:53 +1000
Hi Alan,
Following information provided by June Harris to Russell Jago, we (Russell, Val, Warren Thompson and I) checked out the wetland on McMahons Road, Tatham last Thursday June 9.  We observed 8 Freckled Ducks, 1 Blue-billed Duck (immature male - small amount of blue on bill),  24 Australasian Shovelers, 66 Pink-eared Ducks, 2 Musk Ducks, 10 Glossy Ibis, 1 Comb-crested Jacana and 1 Hoary-headed Grebe, as well as the more common waterbirds.  Also near the Lismore-Coraki Road on the Tatham Road we saw 80+ Chestnut-breasted Mannikins.  They day before we had observed 300+ of these mannikins on Woodford Island in the Clarence.
On the same day (June 9) we had 31+ Hoary-headed Grebes, 16+ Great Crested Grebes, 3+ Pink-eared Ducks, 1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill, 1 adult Comb-crested Jacana and 8+ Musk Ducks at the large dam at the Main Camp Tea Tree Plantation.  There were also 11+ Plumed Whistling-Ducks (our first record for site), on the small overflow dam opposite the large dam.
The previous week (June 2) at the dam on Camira Creek we recorded a Turquoise Parrot, an adult Spotted Harrier and a pair of Swamp Harriers (the size difference and colouration was very obvious) in display - presenting talons to each other.  There were also 3+ Comb-crested Jacanas and 2 female Musk Ducks present.
All of these sites are on the New South Wales North Coast (for Birding-ausers).
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