Freckled Duck and Cattle Egret at Herdsman Lake

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Subject: Freckled Duck and Cattle Egret at Herdsman Lake
From: "Gemfyre" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 06:57:54 +0800
Yesterday during my lunch hour I visited Herdsman Lake - my favourite birding spot and only a 3 minute drive from work.

In that hour I managed to see all ten species of duck you're likely to see on Herdsman, among them a lone female Freckled Duck trying to be inconspicous, loafing among a bunch of Pacific Black Ducks near the carpark.

After work I returned to the lake to explore another area and spotted a Cattle Egret on a small wetland beside the lake. During a BAWA walk in early August a Cattle Egret was seen in the same area so I can only assume this is the same bird who has settled in. Black-winged Stilts were also on this wetland - the first time I have seen stilts at Herdsman in a year or so - it has had A LOT of water in it this year.

Doubleview W.A.

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