Lake McLarty near Pinjarra WA - possible Northern Pintail

Subject: Lake McLarty near Pinjarra WA - possible Northern Pintail
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2009 22:46:54 +0900

I received the following report tonight from Alan Collins of a possible Northern Pintail.

He won't have a chance to look for it again for a few weeks. So if anybody else visits Lake McLarty then look out for it.

Note that a few years ago, there was a possible pintail at Blue Gum Lake in Perth that turned out to be a hybrid Hardhead / Grey Teal. There have been two records in WA. One at Chandala Swamp near Gingin north of Perth, and one at Parry Lagoons near Wyndham in the Kimberley. Both were males.

I can't look for it either as I will be in Walpole. If anyone does find it again, then please phone me on 0437 156 650.

From: "Alan Collins" <>
To: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Subject: Lake McLarty 4th Jan - probable Northern Pintail
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 17:14:49 +0900

Frank, I went down to McLarty this morning and whilst scanning through the ducks came across a duck which I'm fairly sure is a female or eclipse male Pintail. I've tried to convince myself it's something more common but can't. I watched the bird for a few minutes (but it was too far way for the camera) until all the ducks were put to flight by a harrier going over. John Graff was at the southern end of the lake and I ran/waded over to him but we couldn't relocate the bird. Not a great surpise given the number of wildfowl and the size of the lake.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694 Email :

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