To: "Nikolas Haass" <>, "Jim Tate" <>, "Kev Lobotomi" <>, "Russell Woodford" <>, <>
Subject: Duck
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:30:29 +1000
A rather late entry to this debate. I have no doubt that Russell's bird was of feral origin, a hybrid farm-yard type duck.

But the increasing occurrence of bright orange feet in otherwise 'perfect' Pacific Black Ducks south-east of Melbourne is surprising, difficult to explain and perhaps of some concern. Not so long ago I would count an orange-footed bird as a Shoveler but can no longer rely on that as an ID feature as more Black Ducks now show it. Surprising because Pacific Black Ducks are abundant, Mallard are extremely rare and the larger free flying farm-yard ducks very uncommon. As an illustration I took the attached shot showing Black Duck with orange feet on one of our recent surveys on a wetland SE of Melbourne. I realise that some individuals have brighter feet than others but it seems to me that the brightness and frequency of orange feet in Black Ducks is increasing.

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

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