Freckled Ducks

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Woko
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Freckled Ducks

As many posters would know the Freckled Duck is variously regarded as rare, endangered or vulnerable. On the Birds in Backyards site it's listed as vulnerable in NSW & SA, endangered in Vic & secure in WA. Whatever, there's always a justifiably huge outcry when duck shooters massacre any which is quite often enough.

Yesterday, Ms Woko & I were thrilled to bits to see about 7 at the Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, SA.

The Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds tells me that the Freckled Duck "is thought to be a primitive form closely related to the ancestors of waterfowl before they differentiated into swans, geese & ducks". (One of those "Well, I never" moments). "It differs from ducks in having its windpipe outside the breastbone like the Pied Goose". (One of those "Well, I never never" moments).

Rick N
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Great shots Woko. I have been watching them for a few months at Laratinga and they look well settled as well as Pink Ears. Have also seen the Freckleds at Barker Wetlands but not so many.

Woko
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Hi Rick. Great to hear that the Freckled Ducks have been at Laratinga Wetlands for a while.

The Barker Wetlands to which you refer: Are they the Barker Inlet Wetlands or wetlands in Mt Barker other than the Laratinga Wetlands?

Rick N
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Barker Inlet wetlands. Saw a group of six in the main pond South of the Port Expressway. Not sure if your supposed to be in there though☺

Elsie
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How exciting to be able to see them! I have only seen them once and I was absolutely thrilledsmiley

Great photos!

Woko
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Thanks for the information, Rick. I thought it might have been Barker Inlet (in SA), a place I've yet to visit.

I overlooked mentioning there a couple of Pink Ducks in the first two shots.

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