Stained Little Pied Cormorant

To: "simon starr" <>, <>
Subject: Stained Little Pied Cormorant
From: "Greg" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 17:41:35 +1100
I believe that red stained cormorants and ducks are more common in inland areas. My understanding of the cause is that birds get stained from stained water. I am not sure whether the colour is a natural mineral or from an artificial cause. It may originate from bore water. Years ago, as a National Park Ranger, I was examining the bags of some shooters during the duck season at Tullakool Salt Ponds (southern NSW). I thought that there were a number of adult male Chestnut Teal in partial eclipse plumage. This entertained the shooters greatly as they were in fact, stained Grey Teal. I don't know which was redder the stain on the ducks or my face!

Greg Clancy

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