Friday, 6 January 2012

Plumed Whistling Ducks at Kelly's Swamp

Last year a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks were reported from a developing wetlands at Dickson in the ACT.  They moved on very quickly and few observers saw them.  I dipped, despite getting to the sight just about at dawn.

This morning a flock of 20+ of these birds were reported from Kellys Swamp.  They seemed inclined to hang around, with many birders getting out there to see them. The first image shows the whole flock that were there when I arrived {note: some browsers may only show part of the image: click it to see the lot!}.
IMHO this second image shows the plumes on one of the birds rather well.  The Grey Teal and Swamp-hen are collateral image.

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