Australian Shelduck at Swan Creek, NSW

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Subject: Australian Shelduck at Swan Creek, NSW
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:45:55 +1000
On Thursday Peter and Bev Morgan observed an adult female Australian Shelduck 
at Swan Creek, near Grafton, NSW.  This may not be of much interest to 
southerners who probably see this species regularly but it is very rare on the 
NSW North Coast.  I know of only two other records in recent years.  If anyone 
wants to see the bird they could contact me off-list for directions.  A nesting 
pair of Black-necked (Satin) Storks is on a nearby wetland and the variety and 
abundance of other duck species, as well as hundreds of Black-winged Stilts, 
many juveniles or immatures, is quite unlike the situation a few months ago 
when all the waterbirds went west chasing the abundant water to breed. The 
Shelduck was still present late yesterday afternoon when Warren Thompson, Val 
and I observed and photographed it.

Greg Clancy
Ecologist and Wildlife Guide
Coutts Crossing NSW 

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