Fwd: Spotted Whistling-ducks progress

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Subject: Fwd: Spotted Whistling-ducks progress
From: Ben Bright <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:30:12 +1000
I observed a single SWD with a duckling a few years ago in July on a lagoon off 
the Wenlock river. The only breeding record I have. 

Ben Bright

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> From: David Taylor <>
> Date: 17 January 2014 15:39:56 AEST
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Spotted Whistling-ducks progress
> It’s interesting to read of sightings of Spotted Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna 
> guttata )  progressively further south of their original location. I think 
> the very first sightings were all on the very northern part of Cape York near 
> Weipa,  But we are hearing of sightings as far south as the Daintree River. ( 
> 5 recently reported )  and Wonga Beach north of Cairns. ( 27 odd)    …….and 
> perhaps further south?  
> I find it a very interesting species which has evidently self introduced into 
> Queensland and would appear to be increasing in numbers and range.
> I wonder if they are actually breeding in Australia?  Are there any records?  
>  Curious to hear of any other more southerly reports of this species. 
> It will be fascinating to watch their progress over coming years to see if at 
> some point they vanish  or indeed become a permanent and regular fixture on 
> the Australian list…. would seem the latter is likely? 
> I find the Whistling-ducks a fascinating group of birds and we are fortunate 
> to see both regularly in South-east Queensland… would be nice to have a third 
> here at some point!!!
> cheers
> David Taylor
> Brisbane
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