Fw: Musk Duck Behaviour, Murray Bridge Sth Aust

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Subject: Fw: Musk Duck Behaviour, Murray Bridge Sth Aust
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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 20:45:37 +1030
BlankBy request of Doug Holly

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From: Doug Holly 
Sent: Wednesday, 8 February 2006 10:25 AM
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Subject: Musk Duck Behaviour, Murray Bridge Sth Aust

An interesting report from a friend who attends a wetland near Murray Bridge
Sth. Aust.
A female Musk Duck with two young, about two weeks old, was seen to be
driving one of the young away, she moved over a causeway with one young and
left the rejected one behind but after some time the rejected one appeared
in the same pond, she then, again, attacked this young duck and was seen to
grasp it by the neck and dive with it, ten to fifteen times, finally the
young did not re-appear, several tortoises were also noticed to gather in
the area, did they know what was going on, and looking for a feed ? The
female then continued swimming with, and feeding the remaining young duck, I
looked in HANZAB and I could not see any report of this behaviour, but I did
notice that the feeding of young is unique in Musk Ducks. Has anyone else
noticed this behaviour.
Doug Holly
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