Eurasian Teal on Cocos; the same or another individual

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Subject: Eurasian Teal on Cocos; the same or another individual
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:02:59 +1000
Pam Jones photographed a Eurasian Teal on Cocos on Tuesday 21 August 2012. This 
has sparked a debate as to whether there has been one, two or three birds in 
Australia, all on West Island, Cocos. The first was found in December 2010 and 
was known to still be there in February 2011. Another or the same was found at 
the same site in late 2011 and stayed till March or even April 2012. A Teal 
considered by the observers to be a Grey or perhaps Sunda Teal was seen this 
winter but the Tuesdays bird is definitely a Eurasian Teal. There is no 
permanent open fresh water on Cocos so is this a different bird or is it 
surviving in the very saline lagoon? The species can tolerate sheltered salt 
water. The first two were females and this one is in similar plumage but given 
the date, it has been suggested may be an eclipse plumaged male. I thought I'd 
share this with you. Another debate is whether this constitutes one, two or 
three records!   

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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