The pintail was showing well early this morning (c. 7am) when Nigel Jackett,
Nathan Waugh and I had a look. It was still on the second, smaller lake just
south of the main lake, initially swimming and feeding, then resting on the
shore. Also present were the long-staying Glossy Ibis and a male Chestnut Teal.
Directions for Erskine Lakes: Travelling along the Mandurah Bypass away from
Mandurah and cross the new traffic bridge over Peel Inlet. Take the first left
turn after the traffic bridge (Sticks Boulevard) and then the first left again
(Abbotswood Park Way) and follow this to the main lake edge. The smaller lake
is a short walk to the south
For those interested, some of Nigel's good photos and some of my not-so-good
photos and video from this morning can be seen at
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:16:12 +0800
Subject: [birdswa] Northern Pintail at Erskine Lakes - again
Mark Newman reports that a female Northern Pintail was present today at Erskine
Lakes (presumably the same bird as was seen last year). It was on the second,
smaller lake in the park. See below...
Note that there was a good deal of confusion after the last sightings of the
pintail because of a pale domestic duck (which was still a week or so ago)
which a number of people thought may have been the pintail.
"Alot of cormormants & waterfowl there today & as i walked around the 1st
larger lake i got the Glossy Ibis, Common Sandpiper, Juv White Bellied Sea
Eagle & two Male Chestnut Teals,a new one has arrived & hasn’t started its
moult at all.
Thought i would try my luck at the smaller 2nd lake to see if i could get any
crakes with the water being lower. Walked across the park & popped out after
the reeds on that patch that has the grass all the way to the water. Bizarrely
the ducks there were all huddled around a dead black swan being picked to bits
by Ravens. A Duck on the outer swam into the shallows & i noticed how different
it was. It did a quick U turn & came back to shore waking along the edge back
to the huddle. It was the Female Northern Pintail. It was as flighty & was more
social. Watched it for a good 15 mins sitting on the edge between the lawn &
the water. Still there when i left at 2."
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