Chestnut Teals and others, Sydney Park

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Subject: Chestnut Teals and others, Sydney Park
From: "Eric Finley" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 11:37:56 +1100
Hi all
Last week there were a pair of Chestnut Teal in the main pond at Sydney
Park in inner city Sydney (St Peters/Alexandria) with 6 recently fledged
young - in the area of the park which hosted Crimson Chats last year. 
The apparent male of the breeding pair has a sooty brown as opposed to
glossy/metallic green head, and also lacks the reddish brown underparts
which seemed to be a dull darkish brown. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I'm
not confident in identifying an eclipse Chestnut Teal despite being a
long-time Sydney birdwatcher, but assume it is eclipse and not a hybrid?
The field guides seem to have very limited - and varying - references to
eclipse plumage, and no illustrations.
Also interesting were 6 juvenile Aust Grebe plus adults, 2 Black-fronted
Dotterel and a small flock of Nutmeg Mannikins.
Eric Finley

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