Re: VIC_WTP Werribee, Strange Shelduck

Subject: Re: VIC_WTP Werribee, Strange Shelduck
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Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 18:40:25 +1100
On a slightly different context, there was also a pure white, albino 
Australian Shelduck at the WTP. Seen on Sunday, during the thon, on the 
road the Burrow Pits with a flock of 50 normally plumaged birds.  

It is surprising, when you remove the colour, how much a Shelduck looks 
like a white domestic duck, such as a female Muscovy or Pekin. 



Maarten Hulzebosch advises that on Tuesday 8 November Gina Hopkins 
found an unusual Shelduck at the WTP Werribee. Maarten checked it out 
and considers it likely to be an aberrant female Australian Shelduck 
but is not certain and would like other opinions. It most resembles a 
South African Shelduck, Tadorna cana whilst also suggesting Ruddy 
Shelduck T. ferruginea.  
Having entered down Farm Road and turned right onto 160 South Road, I 
was told to turn left onto the dry weather road [65 West ?], heading 
south to 260 South. The New Western Lagoons are on your left. Turn 
right onto 260 South and after 100 m there will be a pine plantation on 
your right. The next lagoon [on left I believe] is deep and the bird 
was on the next lagoon which is shallow. The area is within the permit 
(an essential requirement) zone.  
Would anyone seeing the bird please report same, attempt an ID, and 
confirm or amend these instructions.
Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

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